About this event
Recent studies such as on The Cost
of Policy Inaction on Biodiversityand The Economics of Ecosystems
(TEEB) have revealed that biodiversity loss has widespread
and substantial economic costs and impacts on human wellbeing.
Such studies have taken into account a number of recent global
and regional assessments that project future changes in drivers
of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss according to various
development scenarios, e.g. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
(MEA 2005), The Global Biodiversity Outlook (2006),
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment
(IPCC 2007), the Global Environment Outlook 4 (UNEP
2007), the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge,
Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD 2008),
and the OECD Environmental Outlook (OECD, 2008).
The second phase of TEEB is currently underway, and this will
include the development of further scenarios and models, that
will build future visions and projections taking into account
alternative policies that may create these environments. This
is a crucial step in assessing ecosystem benefits and the
cost of their loss, both in biophysical and in monetary terms.
To support this work the European Commission (DG Environment)
has let a contract that will examine the use of scenarios
and models for exploring future trends in biodiversity and
their impacts on ecosystem services.
- review the different scenarios and models used to explore
future trends of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change
and the impacts on the ecosystem services they provide;
- review how these studies have factored in policy action,
notably environmental and conservation policies;
- propose a set of options for suitable models and scenarios
to be used in future studies and discuss them in a workshop.
study is being carried out by the Institute for European Environmental
Policy, Alterra Wageningen UR, Ecologic Institute, the Netherlands
Environmental Assessment Agency and the United Nations Environment
Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The
study started in January 2009 and will be completed by mid-June.
For further information, please contact Graham Tucker at IEEP
(gtucker (at) ieep.eu).