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Title (Primary) Ecosystem services for conservation finance: applying the TEEB stepwise approach in Côte d’Ivoire
Author Berghöfer, A.; Berger, J.; Koné, I.; Tröger, U.; Caspary, H.U.
Journal Biodiversity and Conservation
Year 2018
Department UPOL
Volume 27
Issue 11
Page From 2897
Page To 2917
Language englisch
Keywords Ecosystem services; Valuation; Conservation fundraising; Conservation finance; TEEB; Côte d’Ivoire; Taï National Park
Abstract Ecosystem service (ES) evidence and arguments can mobilize support for biodiversity conservation. However, the ES concept’s impact on the ground seems unclear: It is reliant upon a range of pre-requisites at the science-policy nexus and it tends to be science-driven and demanding in terms of data and required capacity. The TEEB stepwise approach (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Local and Regional Policy Makers, Earthscan, London, 2012) guides purpose-driven ES assessments and seeks to enhance the usefulness of the ES concept in difficult real-world settings. An application of this approach has not yet been appraised. Also, beyond the instrumental use of ES data (e.g. for the design of payment schemes for ES), there is little documented experience with strategically using ES arguments for mobilizing financial resources for conservation. As many other countries, Côte d’Ivoire does not have a strong knowledge base on ecosystem services (ES). Such circumstances can preclude the use of the ES concept for convincing potential donors to co-finance conservation. We examine the recent ES assessment for the Parc national de Taï (PNT), Côte d’Ivoire, which followed the TEEB stepwise approach. We look at process, results and outcomes to address three questions: (i) How did study results contribute to mobilizing funds for the PNT? (ii) In which ways was the TEEB stepwise approach useful in practice? (iii) What lessons can be drawn for ES assessments geared to conservation finance?
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Berghöfer, A., Berger, J., Koné, I., Tröger, U., Caspary, H.U. (2018):
Ecosystem services for conservation finance: applying the TEEB stepwise approach in Côte d’Ivoire
Biodivers. Conserv. 27 (11), 2897 - 2917