A special session taking place on Wednesday, 28 August from 11:00-12:30 a.m aims to present the Guidance Manual for TEEB country studies. Since october 2010, over twenty-five countries have expressed interest in conducting national ‘TEEB’ studies, and several have already begun. However, there is considerable need for guidance for all these studies – in terms of process, organization, scope, policy contexts, valuation frameworks, methodologies, and typical solutions – the Guidance Manual for TEEB Country Studies seeks to meet these needs. A panel of experts such as Naturalkapital Deutschland, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, the Israel National Ecosystem Project and Ecosystem Services, and Jeanette Kawas National Park, Honduras will support the discussion with examples of the experiences of countries who have already been engaged with some level of the TEEB Country Study process, and will provide guidance on best practices in assessing, valuing and mainstreaming biodiversity, ecosystems and their services into decision-making systems.
Later in the afternoon, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, the workshop will open a discussion to provide inputs from TEEB for ”Oceans and Coast process”. This takes part of a two-day series of workshops on Marine Ecosystem Services” where members of the Marine Ecosystem Services community will attempt to identify emerging opportunities to apply ecosystem services thinking and research to policy, research needs to better inform policy, and venues for future collaboration.