Why do we need biodiversity?
The range of animals and plants living in an area is a key indicator of the healthy condition of the environment. Evolution takes place over millions of years and is based on environmental adaptation. Where an area is subjected to environmental stress species may be lost rapidly. The recovery may take many years or the species may even go extinct and be lost forever!
UN on International Year of Biodiversity 2010
Economics of biodiversity
Biodiversity Action Plan
Biodiversity cannot be regained 'overnight'
TEEB’s interim report looked at the extent of losses of Natural Capital taking place as a result of deforestation and degradation. This was estimated at between US$2-4.5 trillion per year, every year - a staggering economic cost of taking nature for granted.
TEEB says, that "Awareness and understanding of the economic value of ecosystems and biodiversity is the first step towards improving business performance, creating effective polices and implementing action at a local, regional and national level."
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1. For Policy-makers and Administrators: A ‘policy toolkit’ providing guidance for policy-makers, covering subsidies and incentives, environmental liability, new market infrastructure, national income accounting, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and methods for implementing Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Access and Benefits Sharing (ABS).
TEEB Policy Toolkit for Policy Makers
2. For Enterprises: information on how to quantify and disclose, mitigate or offset corporate impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity. Case studies of successful business models that recognise the value of ecosystem services and biodiversity. TEEB D3 Report for business
3. For Citizens: information on the value of ecosystems and biodiversity; examples of how to reduce their impact on wild nature and influence producers through their private purchasing decisions.
TEEB D4 Report for General Public
TEEB for Citizens is a multimedia effort to draw on information from the other TEEB reports and present them in a compelling and imaginative way for consumers and citizens. The effort coined "TEEB4me", focuses on harnessing the power of the internet and social media to create awareness and understanding of the value of nature. Media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are all incorporated in TEEB4me to maximize outreach and grate a global conversation with a large and growing network of people interested in reflecting the value of biodiversity in their daily lives and decisions. More information can be found on www.teeb4me.com
“Carta di Siracusa” on Biodiversity"
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
TEEB Climate issues Update
TEEP Interim Report
Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policymakers