Taking the economic benefits of green space into account: The story of the Dutch TEEB for Cities project

J.G.A. van Zoest, M. Hopman

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Abstract

As municipal management budgets for green space management are under pressure, there is an urgent need for new funding models for urban green space. Inspired by the TEEB study (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, 2010), it was hypothesized that the value of ecosystem services that urban green spaces provide, when monetized, will often be larger than the cost of management. This article describes an initiative to develop a tool that makes the financial benefits of green spaces visible in the municipal balance sheet. While the project was successful in producing the desired deliverables (a tool for inclusive finance for urban green spaces, eight in depth cases showing green spaces paying their way, a Community of Practice), it is recognized that the adoption of inclusive finance in municipalities depends critically on urban strategies that have efficiency and resilience at their core.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalUrban Climate
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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