ES Players 1 – TEEB

This is the first of a series of blog posts to cover some of the major organizations that are working to value and protect Ecosystem Services. TEEB is one of the central sources of information that I refer to on this blog.

TEEB stands for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (@TEEB4Me on Twitter). It is a an international initiative study to “draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions moving forward.”

The study that was initiated in 2007 and is hosted by UNEP and funded by the European Commission, Germany, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Japan. The study is led by Pavan Sukhdev (@pavansukdev on Twitter).

TEEB has already produced numerous publications via several reports on Ecosystem Services, in particular biodiversity, valuation and protection. These free reports can be found throughout their site, including the Synthesis Report of the study published in 2010, with applicable information tailored for various audiences including policy makers, local and regional policy makers, business, and citizens. Their compiled reports are also being published by Earthscan, with several books on the way.