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04/05/2015

Stakeholder discussion of draft of the regional analysis of the outcomes of the TEEB scoping studies for the forestry sectors of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Key findings of the regional analysis of the outcomes of the national-level TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) scoping studies for the forestry sectors of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were presented at a regional stakeholder meeting under FLEG II in Tbilisi, Georgia on 29 April 2015. The authors of the scoping studies, representatives of the Governmental and NGO sectors and academia from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia attended the meeting. The presenters - authors of the studies introduced major outcomes and findings of their work. This was followed by active discussions of TEEB as an international initiative promoting sustainable economies in which the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services are estimated and reflected in decision-making.

For each country, the TEEB scoping studies have clearly demonstrated the advantages of sustainable forest management not only from ecological, but also longer-term socio-economic perspective. The following key points were made by the participants of the meeting:

  • the need to undertake pilot economic valuation studies for selected forest ecosystems
  • sustainable and multipurpose forest management plans should include ecosystem service provision by forests
  • adequate and reliable tools should be used for economic valuation of ecosystems and subsequent decision-making, to avoid unfair distribution of benefits and impacts
  • payments for ecosystem services should not negatively affect the local population, especially the poor
  • biodiversity supporting functions of forest trees should not be underestimated
  • it is important to implement full TEEB country studies, however -
  • additional consultations with the stakeholders are needed to refine the objectives and focus areas of full TEEB country studies.

FLEG II Country Coordinator for Georgia from WWF-Caucasus, Mr. Ilia Osepashvili said: “FLEG II Program will enable to undertake full TEEB study for forests of Adjara Autonomous Republic of Georgia”.



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