Guidance Manual for TEEB Country Studies Published

The Guidance Manual for “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) Country Studies was launched by UNEP and partners during the Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, 28 May 2013. The Guidance Manual was developed following requests from countries interested in undertaking a TEEB country study, in order to achieve their development goals whilst at the same time sustainably managing their natural resources.

This TEEB Manual provides both technical and operational guidance on how countries may conduct a TEEB Country Study. It outlines the various steps that may be taken to initiate and implement a country study, communicate its findings, and implement the recommendations of the study.

The Guidance Manual is part of the TEEB implementation project "Reflecting the Values of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Policy-making”, financed by the European Commission, which will support the implementation of TEEB in five developing countries over a period of three years. It will ensure the methodological coherence of the project. The Guidance Manual was developed by UNEP, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) among others.

For whom is this Manual written?

This manual is designed for anyone who is considering or currently undertaking a TEEB country study (TCS). Its purpose is to provide guidance throughout the entire TCS cycle i.e., from initiation, to policy analysis and ecosystem service valuations, communicating findings, following up and finally applying results.

Ideally, this manual lies on the desk of those in charge of conducting the study and is a useful resource and reference throughout the process especially whenever problems arise. The discussion of each phase is supported with examples of the experiences from countries who have already been engaged at some level of the TCS process, and provides guidance on best practices in assessing, valuing and mainstreaming biodiversity, ecosystems and their services.

The manual is intended to be a ‘lean’ guide and provides links and references for the reader where needed.

The manual is not intended to be prescriptive but rather provides directions and guidelines for TEEB implementation, which must be adapted according to the specific circumstances and objectives of the country. It also outlines the quality and completeness criteria for such a study to become formally endorsed as a "TEEB Country Study” by the Advisory Board of the international TEEB initiative

You can find the original article and the guide here.

Citation: TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (2013): Guidance Manual for TEEB Country Studies. Version 1.0.

Authors: Heidi Wittmer (UFZ), Hugo van Zyl (Independent Economic Researchers), Claire Brown (UNEP WCMC), Julian Rode (UFZ), Ece Ozdemiroglu (Eftec), Nick Bertrand (UNEP), Patrick ten Brink (IEEP), Andrew Seidl (Colorado StateUniversity), Marianne Kettunen (IEEP), Leonardo Mazza (IEEP), Florian Manns (UFZ), Jasmin Hundorf (UNEP), Isabel Renner (GIZ), Strahil Christov (DG Environment), Pavan Sukhdev (GIST)
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