National and International Policy-Making

national-and-internationalDrawing on a team of more than 100 authors and reviewers, TEEB in National and International Policy making, led by Patrick ten Brink, demonstrates the value of ecosystems and biodiversity to the economy, society and individuals. It underlines the need and ways to transform our approach to natural capital, and demonstrates how we can practically take into account the value of ecosystems and biodiversity in policy actions – at both national and international levels – to promote the protection of our environment and contribute to a sustainable economy and the well-being of societies.

TEEB in national and international policy making highlights the need for new public policy to reflect the appreciation that public goods and social benefits are often overlooked and that we need a transition to decision making which integrates the many values of nature across policy sectors. We explore the range of instruments to reward those offering ecosystem benefits such as water provision and climate regulation, and look at the fiscal and regulatory instruments to reduce the incentives of those running down our natural capital, and at reforming subsidies so they respond to current and future priorities.

TEEB in national and international policy making presents a rich evidence base of policies and instruments in use around the world and a wide range of innovative solutions and is rapidly becoming an essential tool for policy makers around the world.

Citation: TEEB (2011), The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in National and International Policy Making. Edited by Patrick ten Brink. Earthscan, London and Washington.

The book can be purchased from Routledge here.

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IMAGETEEB for Policy Makers – Summary: Responding to the value of nature report calls on policy makers to accelerate, scale-up and embed investments in the management and restoration of ecosystems. The report also calls for more sophisticated cost-benefit analysis before policy decisions are made. The report cites a study in south Thailand on the conversion of mangroves into shrimp farms.

Citation: TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policy Maker – Summary: Responding to the Value of Nature 2009

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