UNEP-TEEB Seminar on Analysing the Global Economic Benefit of Biodiversity

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Honey Bees provide the priceless ecosystem service of food production!

The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative was launched as a consequence of the G8+5 Environmental Ministers meeting in Potsdam, Germany, in March 2007, which decided to ‘initiate in a global study the process of analysing the global economic benefit of biological diversity, the costs of the loss of biodiversity and the failure to take protective measures versus the costs of effective conservation’ under the leadership of Pavan Sukhdev.

A Climate Issues Update of TEEB was presented on 2nd September in preparation of the Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen by the European Commission, the German Minister for Environment and the Executive Director of UNEP.

TEEB, now being proudly hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), objective is to create guidance for international decision makers highlighting the best practices of management that clearly show the linkages between poverty alleviation, development and ecosystems.

As it is well known, any such initiative would not be complete without participation and feedback from the financial, scientific and expert organizations in India. TEEB is thus looking to develop a cooperation with such institutions in India in the preparation phase of the Copenhagen negotiations and beyond.

In this process, a seminar is being organised in Delhi where participation of key decision makers from the policy, economic and conservation sectors has been secured. TEEB invites concerned organisations to participate in the seminar with valuable inputs.

Date: 13th October, 2009 at 2.30 PM
Venue: WWF Convention Hall (New Delhi)
Jointly hosted by TEEB, the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) and the Green Indian States Trust (GIST).

For further information and to participate, contact:

Kaavya Varma
Scientific Assistant to Study Leader
Senior Associate, GIST
Email: kaavya.varma@unep-teeb.org

UNEP-Teeb Central Office
United Nations Campus
Hermann-Ehlers-Strasse 10
53113 Bonn
Germany
Tel (direct line): + 49 22 88 15 05 77

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Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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