Press Release:
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) launches Local and Regional Policy Makers report
9 September 2010
Revised as of 13 September 2010
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) launches the Local and Regional Policy Makers report (D2). TEEB D2 report is one of the TEEB reports which compiles worldwide research results on loss of biodiversity from an economic perspective.

Under the research project of "Policy Research on Environmental Economics" initiative by Ministry of the Environment, Japan, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has disseminated the impacts of the TEEB reports and required policies in cooperation with TEEB secretariat. Also IGES has contributed to producing TEEB reports, especially the D2 report in close collaboration with Prof. Haripriya Gundimeda of D2 team leader by conducting case studies in Japan.

TEEB D2 suggests that local government incorporate the value of ecosystem services, totaling several trillion US dollars globally, into their policies to make them more cost-effective so that they can save money while boosting the local economy, enhancing quality of life, securing livelihoods and generating employment. Those policies include municipalities paying to conserve watersheds in order to secure drinking water.

Cases of conserving biodiversity in paddy fields and its sustainable management being conducted in Japan, such as the project for the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka City in Hyogo Prefecture, and the project of conserving the Fujimae Tidal Flat in Nagoya City are included in the TEEB D2 final report, as successful examples introducing the Ecosystem Services scheme. TEEB D2 also launches its cases collection on the website which includes Japanese cases such as the projects for Japanese Crested Ibis in Sado City in Niigata Prefecture and the White-Fronted Goose in Osaki City in Miyagi Prefecture.

The final TEEB synthesis report will be released at the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) meeting in Nagoya. This report is expected to have a great impact on the policies of participating countries and the decisions to be newly adapted including “Biodiversity 2020 Goals”, and as such, draws attention from all over the world.

Furthermore, IGES will co-host a side event with TEEB in regards to a series of TEEB reports at COP10, in order to contribute to the progress of the discussion at the conference.

Mr. Hiroshi Nishimiya
Vice Programme Managing Director, IGES

Ms. Kido, PR Officer
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