TEEB Implementation: Supporting Biodiversity and Climate friendly Land Management in Agricultural Landscapes
As of: December 2019
Objective and activities
The agricultural sector is a leading driver of ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, health externalities, and GHG emissions. Agriculture also provides positive benefits such as food for humans, feed for animals, fibre for production, raw material for fuels, 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 follows the TEEB approach to bring 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
- Implementation of Scoping Studies in Colombia, Kenya and Tanzania to evaluate the availability of (1) biophysical data and (2) national or sub-national policies influencing agricultural landscapes.
- Research studies are planned with national researchers to follow the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation framework (www.teebweb.org/…). This framework is part of the TEEBAgriFood Foundations report which was launched in June, 2018.
- The TEEB office has contracted a research team in Colombia and a proposal is being developed in Tanzania to assess the full value chain impacts of agricultural landscapes. Study scopes are being defined by national project steering committees in Thailand and Kenya.