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:
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”.