PtB of IEEP TEEB Assessment and decision making CBD COP 10 Nagoya 25 October 2010


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TEEB biodiversity and Water, presentation by Patrick ten Brink of IEEP at the Water Day at the CBD COP10 Nagoya 22 Oct 2010

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PtB of IEEP TEEB Assessment and decision making CBD COP 10 Nagoya 25 October 2010

  1. 1. Ecosystem service values and their role in informing decisions Patrick ten Brink TEEB for Policy Makers Co-ordinator Head of Brussels Office Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)The Value of Ecosystems and Biodiversity to the economy, society and political decision making: TEEB for policy makers Monday, 25 October 2010 Time: 16.30 – 18.00 Room 211A, Level 1, Building 2 Nagoya, Japan 1
  2. 2. Valuation and policy making: from valuing natural assets to decisions“I believe that the great part of miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.” Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790 “There is a renaissance underway, in which people are waking up to the tremendous values of natural capital and devising ingenious ways of incorporating these values into major resource decisions.” Gretchen Daily, Stanford University
  3. 3. Assessing values and policy responsesAssessing the value of working with natural capital has helped determine whereecosystems can provide goods and services at lower cost than by man-madetechnological alternatives and where they can lead to significant savings• USA-NY: Catskills-Delaware watershed: PES/working with nature saves money (~5US$bn)• New Zealand: Te Papanui Park - water supply to hydro, Dunedin city, farmers (~$136m)• Mexico: PSAH to forest owners, aquifer recharge, water quality, deforestation, poverty (~US$303m)• France & Belgium: Vittel (Mineral water) PES and Rochefort (Beer) PES for water quality• Belgium: dikes + floodplains vs. storm surge barrier et al: 14 vs. 41 year payback•Venezuela: PA helps avoid potential replacement costs of hydro dams (~US$90-$134m over 30yr)• Vietnam restoring/investing in Mangroves - cheaper than dyke maintenance (~US$: 1m to 7m/yr)• South Africa: WfW public PES to address IAS, avoids costs and provides jobs (~20,000; 52%♀)• Germany : peatland restoration: avoidance cost of CO2 ~ 8 to 12 €/t CO2 (0-4 alt. land use)Sources: various. Mainly in TEEB for National and International Policy Makers, TEEB for local and regional policy and TEEB cases
  4. 4. Beneficiaries: Public sector (e.g. water – national & municipalities), Public goods (e.g forests, biodiversity, climate), Private sector (e.g. water, beer, energy, agriculture), Citizens (e.g. water quantity, quality, price, security) and Communities (e.g. payments, livelihoods/jobs, ecological assets & “GDP of the poor”)Decisions: conservation / restoration investment, PES / public programmes, protected areasPolicy synergies: Water – availability/quantity, quality, Climate - mitigation (green carbon) and (ecosystem based) adaptation to CC Job creation and livelihoods Security - natural hazards (e.g. flooding), water, energy Finances - public sector budget savings (Nat. gov’t, public services, municipalities) Industrial policy – energy, water, forestry, agriculture... Consumer affordability Poverty and in each case : biodiversity.
  5. 5. Hydrological services: Aquifer recharge;Mexico PSAH: PES to forest owners Improved surface water quality, reduce to preserve forest: manage & not frequency & damage from flooding` convert forest• e.g. cloud forest US$ 40 per ha/year;• e.g. other tree-covered land US$ 30 per ha/yearDeforestation rate fell from 1.6 % to 0.6 %.18.3 thousand hectares of avoided deforestationAvoided GHG emissions ~ 3.2 million tCO2e Reduce Deforestation Address Poverty Munoz 2010); Muñoz-Piña et al. 2008; Muñoz-Piña et al. 2007
  6. 6. Valuation and policy making: from valuing natural assets to decisionsSummaryAssessing the value of nature improves the evidence base for decisionsQualitative, quantitative, spatial and monetary analysis each have a roleHas proven to be useful for investment decisions, permit decisions,encouraging support (political and public) for action, helped in instrumentchoice, design, political and legal launch and implementation.The whole picture of benefits andcosts need to be appreciated – thehere and now, the over there and overtime, the private and public…is this enough to work out what to do? …always better to look at the whole boardWhere do you see the values of nature help realise opportunities to address biodiversity ?
  7. 7. Thank youTEEB Reports available on See also Patrick ten Brink, IEEP is an independent, not-for-profit institute dedicated to the analysis, understanding and promotion of policies for a sustainable environment.