TEEB Thailand

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Country Overview

In Thailand, there are four hydrological regions with twenty four macro-scale river catchments. These catchments play an essential role in supporting a diversity of flora and fauna and deliver critical ecosystem services for Thailand’s economy and society. Marine coastal ecosystems provide important services that support key economic sectors of the country, such as fishing industries and tourism. However, these ecosystems are being threatened by a broad range of global and local disturbances contributing to declines in the supply of fishery resources and reduced revenues for local communities.

Transformations within agricultural landscapes in Thailand toward high-yield and market-oriented products not only are leading to a loss in agro-biodiversity (a proportion of the 10,000 indigenous rice varieties are under threat) but also affect the integrity of coastal ecosystems . Notwithstanding the importance of rice cultivation across many Asian countries, existing valuation studies have not tended to apply an integrated (landscape-coastal) approach; nor have they addressed specific policy questions, limiting their policy-relevance.


This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag

Latest Publications

TEEBAgriFood Interim Report

The Interim Report introduces the key questions, issues and arguments to be addressed by TEEBAgriFood.

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Towards TEEBAgriFood

TEEB is bringing together economists, business leaders, agriculturalists and experts in biodiversity and ecosystem services to systematically review the economic interdependencies between agriculture and natural ecosystems, and provide a comprehensive economic valuation of eco-agri-food systems. Alexander Müller, TEEB for Agriculture & Food…

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TEEB Challenges and Responses

TEEB ‘s progress, challenges and responses towards mainstreaming the economics of nature. [ENG] [ESP]

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TEEB for Agriculture & Food Concept Note

February 2014- The Concept Note presents the case for and proposed outline content of a TEEB for Agriculture & Food study.

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Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress

December 2013 – The briefing note outlines existing guidance and examples on water quality accounting and identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting. Inspired by the growing global focus on natural capital accounting, the note identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting, in order to encourage debate and commitment towards effective water and biodiversity policy.

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