Policy tools and instruments emerging from TEEB with case studies from island ecosystems

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) globally raised awareness for the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well being. Following TEEB, numerous countries now engage in processes to assess ecosystem and their services at national and local level, these encompass ecological assessments and economic valuations. Yet, what policy tools and instruments are available or need to be developed to tangibly make a difference and enhance conservation throughout and beyond TEEB-like processes? Based on case studies from selected ecosystems, which show how to increase resilience to various threats by applying policy tools and instruments, and based on participants' knowledge and experience, the workshop aims to provide an answer to this question. In a world café setting, policy and supporting tools and instruments related to the following aspects are discussed: (1) international cooperation and coordination, (2) regulations (subsidies, taxes, tradable permits etc.), (3) economic incentives (e.g. payments for ecosystem services), (4) information (e.g. monitoring, data base, assessment, valuation), (5) stakeholder involvement and (6) communication and education. By using a world café format, the workshop provides an opportunity to exchange knowledge, develop new ideas and approaches, better understand interactions and network with other participants. The workshop complements other TEEB related events at the Forum organised by UNEP-TEEB, UNEP-WCMC, GIZ etc. With its focus on implementation the workshop is in line with the new strategic plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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