This report seeks to draw attention to the economic benefits of ocean and coastal biodiversity and healthy ecosystems and emphasize the unrealized benefits of preserved and enhanced whole ecosystem structures, functions and processes to the well-being of humans and nature. It bridges the gaps in knowledge on ocean ecosystem services and functions and support the mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem considerations into both national policymaking and broader societal perspectives.
Suggested citation: TEEB (2012). Why Value the Oceans – A Discussion Paper. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): Geneva.