Participants in a breakout session discussing how to apply the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework at the country level
The formal opening of the TEEBAgriFood Global Symposium 2019 took place on Tuesday morning with opening statements by Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UNEP, and Pavan Sukhdev, President, WWF International and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.
In the day's plenary presentations, TEEBAgriFood study leaders and co-authors provided an overview of key messages from the of the TEEBAgriFood Scientific and Economic Foundations Report.
Salman Hussain, Coordinator, TEEB, and Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood Study Leader, discussed the historical evolution and objectives of the TEEBAgrifood project and outlined the agenda and expected outcomes of the Symposium;
Barbara Gemmill-Herren, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), discussed chapter 3 of the Scientific and Economic Foundations Report, on ‘eco-agri-food systems’;
Kavita Sharma, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, introduced chapter 6 on the evaluation framework and explained how to practically apply the framework;
Lauren Baker, Global Alliance for the Future of Food, discussed how to pilot test the Framework and build a community of practice on eco-agri-food systems;
Harpinder Sandhu, Flinders University, Australia, discussed chapter 8 on “Applying the Framework.”
Findings from three country case studies were also presented, covering maize production in Mexico, Ecuador and the US, livestock and soy/maize production in the Brazilian Amazon and wheat in Northern India.
In both the morning and afternoon, participants convened separated into smaller groups to undertake a practical exercise in using the TEEBAgriFood evaluation framework and explore its application to different scenarios and country contexts.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the TEEB for Agriculture & Food International Symposium, which is available in HTML and PDF.
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