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Guidance Manual for Conducting Country Studies on Ecosystem Services Launched
28/ 05/ 2013

Guidance Manual for Conducting Country Studies on Ecosystem Services LaunchedThe newly launched TEEB Manual provides both technical and operational guidance on how countries can conduct a TEEB Country Study

Trondheim, 28 May 2013- The Guidance Manual for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Country Studies was launched by UNEP and partners on 28 May 2013 at a high-level session titled 'Trade-offs in national policy' at the Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity.
The Guidance Manual was developed following requests from countries interested in undertaking a TEEB country study, with the aim of achieving their development goals while at the same time sustainably managing their natural resources.
A TEEB Country study highlights the different ways in which nature contributes to a country's development, and recommends ways to incorporate these contributions in decision making. In such a study, vital ecosystem services that are key in meeting the country's policy priorities are identified, and examined in detail to be integrated into the policy process.
The TEEB Manual provides both technical and operational guidance on how countries can conduct a TEEB Country Study. It outlines the various steps that can be taken to successfully 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, and which will support the implementation of TEEB in five developing countries over a period of three years. It will ensure the methodological implementation of the project.
The Manual was developed by UNEP in partnership with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) among others.
TEEB
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on drawing attention to the economic benefits of biodiversity. Its objective is to highlight the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.
TEEB presents an approach that can support decision-makers recognize, demonstrate and capture the values of ecosystems & biodiversity, including how to incorporate these values into decision-making.

For Further Information, Contact:
Sharon Oseku-Frainier, TEEB Communications Focal Point: Tel: +41 22 917 8255, or sharon.oseku-frainier@unep.org
UNEP Newsdesk: +254 725 939 620 or unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Further Resources
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Guidance Manual for TEEB Country Studies