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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - TEEB Aruba
by YABI (Other relevant actor)
The research project 'TEEB Aruba' (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) aims to derive insight in the strong link between Economy and Nature on Aruba.

Aruba has set a goal to move towards sustainable economic development, which in its essence means balancing out three interconnected spheres; social welfare, economic responsibility and ecological resilience. In order to make sound decisions about the management of ecosystems - which includes coastal marine ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs and seagrassbeds - it is necessary to estimate the socio-economic value that these ecosystems provide to Aruba. The objective is to quantify and integrate the value of our Natural Capital in long term planning contributing to a sustainable economic development of the island. The coastal marine environment is especially important for the tourism sector on Aruba, which is the main economic pillar of the island.

It is being conducted by Wolfs Company (www.wolfscompany.com), whom have conducted similar TEEB studies on various Caribbean islands such as Bonaire, Saba, Statia and Cayman Islands.

The financial MoI of the research project comes from national level private sector. The research project is very much supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Transport, Energy & Environment and is funded through the Corporate Social Responsibility fund of local private sector telecommunications company Setar N.V.

The non-financial capacity building MoI on a global level are the provision of the TEEB framework, a branch in UNEP’s Ecosystem Divisions work as well as working with partner the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. On a national level the project partners with the University of Aruba, a local in-country research coordinator YABI consultancy as well as builds capacity by dialogue with NGO's, private sector and other relevant stakeholders.

Aruba has established a national SDG commission with the aim to localize the Sustainable Development Goals. The project is working together with the governmental Department of Nature & Environment on linking TEEB framework indicators with the SDG indicators framework and build a transparent online environmental data monitoring dashboard for the island.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Research on natural capital of marine ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs, mangroves & seagrassbeds)
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Other : Research on natural capital of marine ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs, mangroves & seagrassbeds)
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
  • Research on natural capital of marine ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs, mangroves & seagrassbeds)
November 2017
The research project 'TEEB Aruba' (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity)
Staff / Technical expertise
Bachelor students from University of Aruba Hospitality & Tourism Management programme
Staff / Technical expertise
Master students from VU University Amsterdam Environment and Resource Management programme
Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 March - 2017 November
Wolfs Company (Private sector), University of Aruba (Academic institution), VU University Amsterdam (Academic institution), Setar N.V. (Private Sector)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
SIDS, to share as case study for South-South (Island-Island) cooperation.
Contact information
Francielle Lacle, Environmental economist (Local research coordinator), francielle@yabiconsultancy.com,
Other SDGs
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