TEEB Workshop on Consumption & Lifestyle patterns

The Impact of Consumption on Ecosystems and Biodiversity Beyond Borders
– A TEEB Perspective –

International Workshop, Isle of Vilm, Germany
21- 24 October 2015


In a globalised world and with increasing demand for food and changing consumption patterns the strain on ecosystem and biodiversity beyond boarders is growing substantially. This is what footprint analysis, the living planet index and other useful approaches indicate globally, nationally and sub-nationally. Yet, what specifically are key causes and factors for ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity elsewhere as a result of unfavorable consumption patterns? What methods are useful to trace evidence and develop solutions to adapt demand for harmful consumer products? What initiatives exist already to tackle the emerging problem and, last but not least, what role could TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) plays to raise awareness and instigate action.

Since 2007, TEEB has contributed significantly to value the benefits of ecosystems and biodiversity to societies around the world. Currently, a global TEEB study focusing on agriculture and food is carried out as well as a number of TEEB Country Studies.

For more information about the workshop you can read here the briefing note and extended program. 

Program Overview



» Session I – Methodologies

Alexandra Marques – German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

Malinka Virah-Sawmy – Luc Hoffmann Institute

Martin Bruckner – Vienna University of Economics and Business

Mark van Oorschot – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

» Session II – Experiences and Applications

Tomas Declercq – UNEP TEEB Office

Eduardo Escobedo – Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform

Markus Wolter – WWF Germany

Jasmin Hundorf – ICI Programme Office

» Session III – Policies and Instruments 

James Vause – UNEP-WCMC

Henrike Peichert – GIZ

Bettina Hedden-Dunkhorst – BfN

Ulf Dietmar Jaeckel – BMUB


The Isle of Vilm (Insel Vilm)

The Isle of Vilm, 94 hectares in area, is a beautiful nature paradise, a Baltic Sea coast treasure. Some 6,000 years ago, waves of the rising Litorina Sea formed an island from moraines that glaciers had left during the most recent ice age (12,000 years ago). The island’s natural appearance has changed constantly since then and still continues to change. [read more]


Travel informationIsleofVilm_TravelInfo

There is no need to book accommodation and food is fully provided by the training centre on the isle, but please register on-line: registration form

The workshop is organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), UNEP’s TEEB Office and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).


TEEB Workshop on Consumption & Lifestyle patterns