The economic choice of turning such forests into timber or clearing them to make way for agriculture is not very clever, says Mr. Sukhdev. Stopping deforestation offers an excellent cost-benefit ratio.
Investment in protected areas holds exceptional high returns, he says. Previous studies have shown that investing $45 billion could secure nature-based services worth some $4.5 to 5.2 trillion annually. Among the specific examples cited: planting mangroves along a coastline in Vietnam cost $1.1 million but saved $ 7.3 million annually in dyke maintenance.
Examples of a rate of return on investments in ecosystem restoration:
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TEEB is a UNEP-led project supported by the European Commission, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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