Local and Regional Policy Makers


TEEB in Local and Regional Policy and Management is intended to offer inspiration and practicable suggestions for the improvement and maintenance of the welfare of the environment and its inhabitants. Led by Heidi Wittmer and Haripriya GundimedaThe Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy shows how by taking nature’s benefits into account, decision makers can promote local development to ensure human well-being and economic growth and stability, while also maintaining environmental sustainability.

This volume explores the potential for local development provided by an approach based on nature. We offer examples of successful implementation of this approach from across the world, highlighting the importance of local decision making in management and planning. We provide tools and practical guidance for reform, and examine what local governments can do with respect to natural resource use and management, maintaining and supporting biodiversity, local and regional urban and spatial design, as well as market-based approaches, such as Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).

This report is planned to be a useful advisory tool for local and regional policymakers, administrators and managers. The information in this report will also be of interest to organisations such as NGOs, regulatory bodies, permitting agencies and the judicial system.

Citation: TEEB (2012), The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy and Management. Edited by Heidi Wittmer and Haripriya Gundimeda. Earthscan, London and Washington.

The book can be purchased from Routledge here.


TEEB for Local and Regional Policy Makers calls on local policy makers to understand the value of their natural capital and the services it provides and apply a focus on nature’s benefits in local policy areas such as urban management, spatial planning and protected areas management. The report aims to provide an inspiring starting point for thinking local policy in a new way. Highlighting practicality, the report calls for local authorities to take a stepwise approach to assessing options that factor nature’s benefits into local policy action. This approach includes: assessing ecosystem services and expected changes in their availability and distribution; identifying which ecosystem services are most relevant to particular policy issues; assessing impacts of policy options on different groups in the community.

Citation: TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (2010).

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