“There is an urgent need to incorporate ecosystem values into policy and national accounting systems… Ecosystem values must be a cornerstone of IUCN’s work”, as indicated in The IUCN Programme 2013-16 .
The idea of mainstreaming nature’s values is becoming a priority objective across institutions, governments, businesses and societies worldwide, due in large part to ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) initiative.
TEEB’s success lies in drawing global attention to the values of nature through the production of a series of reports targeting different groups of policymakers, business executives and consumers. Following this study phase, focus is now being directed toward facilitating and supporting the implementation of these findings, particularly at the national and sub-national level. This is the subject of today's session.
Such a pragmatic approach is linked in fundamental ways to IUCN Programme Areas and this year’s cross-cutting Congress theme of “Nature+”. This workshop will explore these linkages by highlighting TEEB national studies and framing them as “nature-based solutions” while considering the implications of TEEB in conservation policy and practice.