TEEB implementation – assessment of ecosystem services for holistic and sustainable land management in the agricultural sector
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
The agricultural sector causes the degradation of ecosystems and increases health costs and CO2 emissions – but it also contributes much to nutrition, the production of raw materials and the creation of jobs. Many of the negative and positive effects of agriculture, however, are “economically invisible”, i.e. they are not included in decision-making processes. The project uses the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity approach (TEEB), cooperating with relevant stakeholders to identify decision processes that can be improved by economical evaluation. This approach is followed by the modelling of impacts on land use, the assessment of changes in the provision of ecosystem services and an economic evaluation. These processes include the analysis of effects on the fairness of decisions regarding the distribution of land use rights and the derivation of policy recommendations./
State of implementation/results
In all 4 countries:
Projects are stakeholder-driven: Steering Committees are chaired by Ministries of Environment and/or Agriculture; analyses are carried out by local research institutions; and dialogues are held by a range of local stakeholders.
- An initial background review will identify key decision-making agents and synthesize the current policy and ecosystem context, followed by a stakeholder workshop on possible policy interventions;
- National research institution/s will develop biophysical gap and valuation gap analyses, guided by the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework, and a 2nd national workshop will be convened;
- Scenario analyses will assess proposed policy changes against business-as-usual and submitted for peer review;
- Results will be presented at a 3rd national workshop to determine the focus of further policy analysis and recommendations; and
- As part of outreach and capacity-building throughout the project, two international workshops will be convened, and trainings on scenario development, modelling tools and media will be provided.