Biodiv Sci ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (6): 686-693.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2016033

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Progress in the researches on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

Leshan Du, Junsheng Li, Gaohui Liu, Fengchun Zhang, Jing Xu, Lile Hu*()   

  1. Research Center for Biodiversity, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012
  • Received:2016-01-28 Accepted:2016-05-05 Online:2016-06-20 Published:2016-06-20
  • Contact: Hu Lile


The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), which provides new insight and approaches for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, is an integrated approach to assess, demonstrate, and apply policy for biodiversity and ecosystem value. TEEB was firstly proposed in 2007, and has been supported by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2008. Ecosystem services include supply services, regulating services, cultural services, and habitat services based on the TEEB framework. The value evaluation methods generally include the direct market value method, revealed preference method and stated preference method. We also summarized the measures to mainstream biodiversity at the global, regional, national and local levels. Presently, more than 30 countries have undertaken studies on TEEB and have produced positive impacts on policy-making and further application of TEEB. For example, at the country level, it can be used to green economy, sustainable development and corporate green management. At the international level, it can support the implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity and other relevant international action. For the future, this paper suggested TEEB’s focuses: (1) At the international level, it is needed to enhance cross-sector and inter-regional cooperation in biodiversity and promote findings at the science-policy interface; (2) In China, it is needed to build TEEB methodology from the sub-levels (ecosystem, species and gene) and sub-scales (national, provincial and local), and explore the application of TEEB concepts in local development assessment, cadre performance appraisal, paying utilization of natural resources, ecological compensation and other policies in order to promote regional equity and sustainable use of natural resources.

Key words: biodiversity, ecosystem services, value assessment, mainstreaming