Conference Goals and Themes

The conference represents an occasion to take stock of the latest contributions in the field of ecosystem assessment and economic valuation, and further strengthen the network of scientists and policy-makers interested in the topic.

The overarching theme of the conference is the integration of nature’s economic costs and benefits into decision tools and processes, at the interface between science and policy. The conference encourages contributions that go beyond the technical aspects of assessment techniques, valuation methods and available instruments, and rather explore their use in real-life situations and processes.

Participants can submit abstracts (400 Words) for Individual Presentations and Coordinated Sessions. You can find further information and Instructions for Authors in the "Downloads" section of the conference website. You can submit your contributions through the online submission system in the "Registration and Submission" section.



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Conference Theme 1 – Demonstrating and leveraging the value of nature at the national and regional level

Nation states and regions worldwide have started assessing the size and value of the natural capital within their territories, integrating such measures in a number of strategic and day-to-day decisions. Some of these experiences were collected in the TEEB study, but many more have flourished in the meantime. The conference welcomes contributions presenting and discussing approaches, objectives, scientific challenges and both interim and final results of similar initiatives. The conference will offer the opportunity for an exchange of experiences between ongoing initiatives.



Conference Theme 2 – Mainstreaming the value of Biodiversity: TEEB and the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The 10th Conference of the Parties on the Convention on Biological Diversity has acknowledged the TEEB study, and many similar initiatives at national and regional level, as an important step against further biodiversity loss. Indeed, COP10 documents stress the need to redirect incentives and correct counterproductive subsidies and policies. National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, on their part, are required to put forward instruments and mechanisms for the achievement of the Convention’s objectives. The conference welcomes contributions reporting on the development of such instruments and highlighting the role of valuing nature in their respective design and implementation phases.



Conference Theme 3 – Nature in the city: ecosystem services in local planning and urban development

Acknowledging the importance of ecosystem services is a promising new trend in local policy and urban management. An increasing number of local communities and city councils have come to realize that nature gives a strong contribution to both the well-being of their citizen and the competitiveness of their businesses. The conference welcomes contributions addressing challenges and opportunities for considering ecosystem services in local planning and urban development practices. Particular attention will be given to contributions exploring the link between local decisions and global processes and/or highlighting the role of particular context specificities when applying instruments.



Additional Topics

Due to many incoming requests for delayed abstract submissions, we have decided to re-open the submission system, and take the opportunity to expand and complement the conference programme. Beside the regular conference themes, we encourage the submission of abstracts on the following additional topics:


  • Special Focus 1 "Oceans and Marine Environment"
  • Special Focus 2 "Ecosystem Services and Gender"
  • Special Focus 3 "Legal and Institutional Challenges"
  • Special Focus 4 "Poverty Alleviation through Environmental Management"
  • Special Focus 5 "Arid Regions, Desertification and UNCCD"



TEEB Survey by VU amsterdam on behalf of European Commission

The European Commission intends to assess the progress since the start of the TEEB initiative and identify the key challenges in mainstreaming and implementing TEEB. To this end, we invite you to complete a short online questionnaire. Read more...