International Expert Group debates Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Third International TEEB Dialogue, Goa (8-10 September)

“Participation of Bhutan, Brazil, China (via Skype), Germany, India, Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania, has enabled up to 40 per cent of global biodiversity to be represented at this dialogue. What began as the Brazil India and Germany (BIG) Dialogue now has the big responsibility to identify the connect between science and policy as well as communicating the outcomes of TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) initiatives of various countries,” said Mr Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the inaugural session of the Third International TEEB Dialogue that began in Goa today.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), in partnership with GIZ’s Indo-German Biodiversity Programme, organised the “Third International Dialogue on Implementing National TEEB Initiatives: Challenges and Response” from 8th – 10th September in Goa, India.

 “GIZ is proud to work with India in its efforts for wise use of biodiversity, despite its enormous development challenges,” said Mr Edgar Endrukaitis, Programme Director Indo-German Biodiversity Programme.

The Government of India and Germany are working together for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, through the projects, TEEB India Initiative (TII), the India Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) and conservation of coastal and marine protected areas, being implemented by GIZ.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study, an international initiative to draw attention to the benefits provided by biodiversity, compiled and synthesized the evidence to highlight values of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation as well as the benefits of conservation. Inspired by the international TEEB study, several countries including Brazil, India and Germany launched national TEEB initiatives.

The Brazil-India-Germany (BIG) Dialogue on TEEB implementation was conceived in 2012 at a side event during the XIth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad. The first two dialogue events were respectively hosted by Germany in 2013 and Brazil in 2014. The Third Dialogue hosted by India has expanded the Dialogue to an international level, by inviting five more countries to enrich the exchange and experience sharing amongst countries implementing national TEEB initiatives.

The three-day Dialogue focussed on the science and policy connect i.e. from TEEB study outcomes to decision making, and communicating results to other sectors and actors. The TEEB India Initiative (TII) brought together over 12 organisations to reveal the studies undertaken by MoEFCC–GIZ. These 14 case studies are examples of mainstreaming ecosystem services and its values in development planning and decision-making process, by addressing key conservation challenges and their solutions.

The forum, attended by more than 35 participants from over seven countries, proved to be  extremely successful in terms of the knowledge exchange, sharing of good practices and discussing the issues in TEEB implenentation. Delegates had interactions over communicating and translating TEEB knowledge into action, further leading to greater appreciation of the respective national TEEB initiatives.

Mr Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, extreme left, makes a point at the inaugural session
Panel discussion : debating key issues
Mr. Edgar Endrukaitis, Programme Director, (2nd from left), with Mr. Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, (centre)
Group work in action
Participants at the Dialogue
Mr. Edgar Endrukaitis speaks about the TEEB initiative
A group in discussion as Mr. Edgar Endrukaitis looks on