News and Updates


TEEB Survey by VU amsterdam on behalf of European Commission

The European Commission - DG Environment – is interested in finding out from different experts how much progress has been made since the start of the TEEB initiative in different EU member states and to identify some of the key challenges in mainstreaming and implementing TEEB. To this end, we invite you as a participant of the international TEEB Conference to complete a short online questionnaire.

The survey is conducted by the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam in collaboration with the TEEB conference organizers UFZ. The survey results will only be used to inform the European Commission. Results will be made available on the TEEB website approximately 2 months after the conference. The questionnaire should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. You can access the online survey is through this link:

We would be grateful if you could take 5 minutes of your time to complete the survey. The questionnaire can be completed anonymously.


German Research Foundation grants financial support to the TEEB Conference 2012

It is with great pleasure that we announce the approval of our funding application to the German Research Foundation DFG. The DFG is now an official sponsor of the conference, supporting the event with approximately 20.000 EUR.

We are extremely grateful towards the DFG for its support and for the acknowledgment it represents. Among other things, these additional funds will allow us to compensate for the participants' carbon emissions, currently estimated to 500 tons for the whole event.

The Local Organising Committee
Leipzig, January 20, 2012


OECD Environment Director to speak at the TEEB Conference 2012

The Environment Director of the OECD, Mr. Simon Upton, will deliver a talk at the conference's Opening Ceremony, together with the TEEB Study Leader Pavan Sukhdev and the CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoughlaf. Mr Upton's talk will introduce the Biodiversity Chapter of the OECD Environment Outlook to 2050.

The OECD Environment Outlook to 2050 is a forthcoming OECD flagship publication. It was prepared by a joint team from the OECD Environment Directorate and PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. It will be released in 2012, following the first OECD Environment Outlook (2001) and the OECD Environment Outlook to 2030 (2008).

The Biodiversity Chapter of the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 highlights the need for further action to address biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation and sustainable use, in order to reverse the current and projected trends in loss and degradation.

The chapter summarises recent trends across key indicators for biodiversity, and presents future projections for biodiversity to 2050. According to those projections biodiversity is to further decline by about 10% over the period 2010-2050. Key policy instruments to address these trends are examined and four key areas where further action is needed are identified (Read more...).



Due to the many requests we received, asking for a delayed abstract submission, we have decided to re-open the submission system.

It will be possible to submit abstracts for individual presentations and coordinated sessions at the TEEB Conference 2012 until SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011. Click here to access the “Registration and Submission” section.

Based on the abstracts submitted so far, and currently under review, we decided 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"




More than 4000 visits on our conference website.
List of KEYNOTE SPEAKERS now available.

We are proud to announce that our conference website was visited more than 4000 times, almost half of which in the last 10 days.

As the deadline for abstract submission (October 14) draws near, we have also decided to add a page with the conference's Keynote Speakers. We are looking forward to welcoming Pavan Sukhdev (GIST), Ahmed Djoghlaf (CBD Secretariat), Antje Boetius (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology), John Gowdy (International Society for Ecological Economics), Thomas Elmqvist (Resilience Alliance) and Steve Polasky (Natural Capital Project, The Nature Conservancy). At the moment, we are also waiting for confirmations from Jacqueline McGlade (European Environmental Agency) and Yolanda Kakabadse (WWF, formerly IUCN).

You can read about our Keynote Speakers, the Local Organizing Committee and more in the People section.


Instructions for Authors now available

Instructions for Authors can now be downloaded here and in the Download section.

Already submitted abstracts can be improved and/or modified until October 14.


Registration and Submission System now OPEN! New Deadline: October 14

The Registration and Submission System for the TEEB Conference 2012 is now open. Please visit the Registration and Submission section to access the system.

Prospective participants need to create an account in the Registration and Submission System in order to submit their contributions and/or register to the conference.

The deadline for submitting contributions has been extended to October 14.


Call for Papers out!

The Call for Papers for the TEEB Conference 2012 is out and can be downloaded via this link. Prospective participants are encouraged to submit abstracts (400 words) for individual presentations and coordinated sessions.

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...