TEEB Implementation: Supporting Biodiversity and Climate friendly Land Management in Agricultural Landscapes
As of: June 2020
Objective and activities
The agricultural sector is a leading driver of ecosystem degradation, health externalities, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Agriculture also provides positive benefits such as food for humans, feed for animals, fibres, raw materials, employment and cultural cohesion. Many of the negative and positive impacts are economically invisible, hence unaccounted for in public and private decision-making. The project aims to catalyse policy reforms that mainstream biodiversity conservation and sustainable use into agricultural landscapes and seascapes. By following the TEEB approach, the project brings stakeholders together to identify agricultural land use decisions that would benefit from valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity. This would be followed by modelling impacts of land use, assessing subsequent changes in ecosystem services provisioning, and valuing them so they can be part of the economic calculus of policy makers. A core part of the analysis would be to assess distributional impacts of land use decisions, the income-poor in particular, and provide 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.