TEEB Country Study International Workshop

Final TEEB Country Study International Workshop
4-7 December 2016 - Cancún, Mexico

TEEB organised an international workshop in Cancún, Mexico from 4-7 December in the margins of the CBD COP 13. Government representatives and academics from Bhutan, Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Liberia, Mexico, Philippines, and Tanzania shared experiences, expertise and preliminary TEEB Country results with colleagues and the international community. 

The TEEB workshop had the following outcomes:

  • Country teams shared information with each other on process and methodologies for project implementation. Participants identified and discussed novel instruments and strategies to mainstream the value of nature in policy making.
  • Countries discussed common challenges in project implementation, and strategies to address them. Participants made new partnerships with research institutes and collaborators in other countries.
  • Media training, during which countries discussed strategies to communicate findings, in particular bridging science policy gaps. Media training also included lessons learned from communicating findings of the global TEEB project.



The event was opened by Walter Garcia, Minister of Environment of Ecuador and Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency Liberia. 

Anyaa Vohiri, ED, Environmental Protection Agency, Liberia. Opening Speech

Walter García, Minister of Environment, Ecuador. Opening Speech


Workshop Agenda

Workshop Executive Summary

Day 1 (Monday 5 December 2016)

Working group session results on policy linkages, process (scoping, stakeholder engagement), methodologies (biophysical and valuation), and on using results (mainstreaming).

Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director Environmental Protection Agency, Liberia:

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share the experiences of the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia with the international community. We do not want that our policy-evidence on the human wellbeing costs of mangrove degradation ends up on a shelf in an office. 60 to 70 percent of the population in Liberia derive their protein from fish for which the mangrove forest often serve as the nesting ground. The mainstreaming of nature’s values may not be achieved within a project framework, but this workshop provided us the necessary tools to be piloted in our country.

Day 2 (Tuesday 6 December 2016)



CBD COP 13 Side EventTEEB Country studies – progress in recognizing, demonstrating and capturing value

The session was structured so as to allow a presentation of and commentary and critique of the TEEB approach, with representation from the five TEEB pilot countries and those that are to be involved in the next tranche of TEEB Country studies.


zackromoZack Romo, leader of the Socio Bosque Programme, Ministry of Environment Ecuador

I feel inspired by the experiences in Bhutan on ecosystem service assessments related to hydropower. Also in Ecuador we aim to establish a solid science base for the introduction of finance mechanisms from hydropower companies to integrate sustainable management of hydrological resources at the wider landscape level. Furthermore, I explored the lessons learned from Tanzania on the assessment of land use changes that relate to agriculture. This was very useful for our work on achieving an inclusive and sustainable growth in the cocoa value chain, incorporating the value of diversified agro-ecosystems into land-use planning. Finally and maybe most importantly, I learned a lot from other countries how they address key implementation challenges, such as bringing cross-sectoral actors to the same table. Looking forward to keep in touch with TEEB country actors across the world!”

Day 3 (Wednesday 7 December 2016)

Media Training, by David Díaz Martín, UN Environment TEEB Communications Analyst: 

Other TEEB Country Study workshop resources


TEEB Country Studies

The project “Reflecting the Value of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Policy-Making”, financed by the European Commission and coordinated by the UN Environment TEEB Office, supports national and local capacity to produce assessments of ecosystem services, as well as guidance on how to include the recommendations into policy-making Bhutan, Ecuador, Liberia, Philippines and Tanzania, expressed interest to participate in this three year project, TEEB country study responding to their policy needs.

 TEEB Bhutan TEEB Ecuador TEEB Liberia TEEB Philippines TEEB Tanzania

with the support of

TEEB Country Study International Workshop