Framework level assessment of the forestry sector capacities
The aim of this TEEB scoping study for the forestry sector of Armenia is to outline thematic and policy questions that a full TEEB for the forestry sector of Armenia would answer as well as to provide an implementation roadmap for undertaking the full TEEB study in the future and for introduction of economic mechanisms on ecosystem services (ES), including prioritization and the steps, which are necessary to implement.
In the frames of the assignment a comparative analysis of the current forest management practice (business as usual/BAU) and sustainable ecosystem management (SEM) has been implemented along with a preliminary study on possibilities for valuation of ecosystem services. Respective proposals have been developed on promotion of SEM in the current forest management system and formation of an economic system of ESs.
The scoping study report presents main characteristics of forestry sector in Armenia, main economic indicators and sectoral policies, which have direct links with ecosystem services. The current state, experience and possibilities of economic valuation of biological diversity and ecosystem services in the forestry sector of Armenia have been analyzed.
On the basis of analyses a road-map has been developed with respective proposals on revision of legislation, policies and management system as well as economic valuation of ecosystem services in future.
International methodological guidelines have been used for the analysis of the current state of TEEB in forestry sector of Armenia, in particular The Guidance Manual for “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) Country Studies.