TEEB related initiatives

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Several efforts seeking to integrate the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services into decision making are ongoing in Mexico, complementary to the TEEB for Mexico Initiative. Find below some links to selected initiatives:

 

BIOFIN

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched the BIOFIN Initiative in order to support countries in addressing the challenges of financing for biodiversity, generating information aiming to enhance and reorient investments in ecosystem management, conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity. Currently, the initiative is being implemented in 29 countries and seeks to contribute to achieving Aichi Target 20 on the mobilisation of resources for biodiversity.

The BIOFIN Initiative for Mexico works closely on revising the National Strategy for Biodiversity and will calculate the costs of its implementation. [more information]

 

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The Mexican National Commission for Protected Areas (CONANP) together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements the project “Assessment of Ecosystem Services in Natural Protected Areas” aiming to provide an innovative tool for financing biodiversity and climate change. The project is being financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). [more information]

 

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TEEBAgriFood Exploratory Studies

conabio_okComplementary to the TEEB AgriFood for Mexico Study (to be undertaken by UNEP, FAO and GIZ, more information here), TEEBAgriFood has launched exploratory studies. The exploratory studies provide a proof-of-concept for the project, seeking to demonstrate that it is possible and necessary to evaluate and then value agro-ecological systems at different scales, across a diversity of systems, and assessing trade-offs (e.g. by analzing the results and impacts of higher yields versus lower agro-biodiversity). Additionally, in combination with wide consultations, the studies are leading to a universal, widely accepted framework for recognising, demonstrating and, where appropriate, capturing the values of these externalities will play an important role in addressing this challenge.

Showcase Feeder Study – Maize: “Agrobiodiversity across small and large-scale maize production systems in Mexico”, implemented by CONABIO (Mexican National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity). This study seeks to showcase the benefits of Climate Smart Agriculture: Resilience; Biological pest control; Cultural services; Yield variability; and Soil fertility and undertake a trade-off assessment.