TEEB CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOPS

During 2011 and 2012, the UNEP TEEB office, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and other partners (UFZ, IUCN, GIZ, IEEP, UNDP, WWF and UNEP regional offices etc), has supported the organization and running of a series of regional and sub-regional capacity-building workshops. The overarching aim of the workshops was to support countries in making use of the approaches, methodologies and tools of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study. One of expected outcomes is the “effective implementation of the CBD Nagoya COP-10 decisions, particularly as it relates to the promotion of the TEEB findings and positive incentive measures for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity”.

The specific regions that have been targeted for these workshops have been West Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The workshops sought to achieve the following objectives:

To provide decision-makers in these regions with economic arguments for the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services, as well as with information on state-of-the-art tools that enhance the quality of decision-making processes regarding conservation and sustainable use, including on financial tools;
To provide a platform for these decision-makers to exchange views and assess the applicability of these arguments and tools in their countries, with a view to promote common understanding;
To promote synergies and enhanced cooperation among relevant policy areas and sectors by mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Below you can find information about each workshop (strarting with the most recent).

Sub-regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

29 – 31 May 2012 – Tbilisi, Georgia

 

The following documents can be downloaded from the Convention on Biological Diversity website:
– The agenda
– All presentations

In parallel, Georgia has offered to be a pilot country for a TEEB Study. The project is being jointly conducted by WWF-Caucasus, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia and the TEEB office.

An inception workshop “Development of a TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia” was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on 28 May 2012. More information.

Regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for South America
15 – 17 May 2012 – Santiago, Chile

 

The workshop sought to assist countries in the sub-region in integrating the values of biodiversity into relevant national and local policies, programmes and planning processes and in exchanging practical experiences on incentive measures.

The following documents can be downloaded from the Convention on Biological Diversity website:
– The agenda
– All presentations

You can download the following documents:
– The press release
– The final report
– The list of participants 

 

Regional Workshop for Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and TEEB Capacity Building

27 February-1 March 2012 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

The objective of the workshop was to further facilitate national implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, which also included assisting Parties in developing national biodiversity targets in the framework of the Aichi Targets.

The following documents can be downloaded from the Convention on Biological Diversity website:
– The final report
– The agenda

The list of participants.

 

Capacity-building Workshop for North Africa and the Middle East on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
21 – 23 February 2012 – Beirut, Lebanon

 

The workshop sought to enhance the capacity of countries to realign their environmental programmes and financing to address degradation of selected priority ecosystem services and to integrate ecosystems into financial sectors operations.

The following documents can be downloaded from the Convention on Biological Diversity website:
– The final report
– The agenda
– All presentations

The list of participants.

The press release is available here.

 

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