Scientific and Economic Foundations Report

Work in progress, updated June 26 2018

The report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1 – TEEB for Agriculture & Food: background and objectives
  • Chapter 2 – Systems thinking: an approach for understanding eco-agri-food systems
  • Chapter 3 – Eco-agri-food systems: today’s realities and tomorrow’s challenges
  • Chapter 4 – Human health, diets and nutrition: missing links in eco-agri-food systems
  • Chapter 5 – Social equity, ethics and justice: missing links in eco-agri-food systems
  • Chapter 6 – The TEEBAgriFood Framework: towards comprehensive evaluation of eco-agri-food systems
  • Chapter 7 – TEEBAgriFood methodology: an overview of evaluation and valuation methods and tools
  • Chapter 8 – Application of the TEEBAgriFood Framework: case studies for decision-makers
  • Chapter 9 – The TEEBAgriFood theory of change: from information to action
  • Chapter 10 – TEEBAgriFood and the sustainability landscape: linking to the SDGs and other engagement strategies

Suggested citation: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (2018). TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations. Geneva: UN Environment.

ISBN: 978-92-807-3702-8

The TEEBAgriFood ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report addresses the core theoretical issues and controversies underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between the agri-food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities including human health impacts from agriculture on a global scale. It argues the need for a systems thinking approach, draws out issues related to health, nutrition, equity and livelihoods, presents a Framework for evaluation and describes how it can be applied, and identifies theories and pathways for transformational change.