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2010 - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) - Report for Business

Title

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) - Report for Business

Authors

Joshua Bishop (IUCN, coordinator) et al

Institutions

TEEB is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme and supported by the European Commission; the German Federal Environment Ministry; the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; UK Department for International Development, Norway’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs; The Netherlands’ Interministerial Program Biodiversity; and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Date

July 2010

Abstract

Business and enterprise have a huge role to play in how we manage, safeguard and invest in our natural capital. This report is aimed squarely at this sector and will provide practical guidance on the issues and the opportunities created by the inclusion in mainstream business practices of ecosystem- and biodiversity-related considerations. This report is for a wide array of enterprises, including those with direct impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, such as mining, oil and gas and infrastructure; for those businesses that depend on healthy ecosystems and biodiversity for production, such as agriculture and fisheries; for industry sectors that finance and undergird economic activity and growth, like banks and asset managers, as well as insurance and business services; and for businesses that are selling ecosystem services or biodiversity-related products such as eco-tourism, eco-agriculture and bio-carbon.