During 17-21 May 2021, the China team of UNEP Project “The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB): Promoting a Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sector (China)” (hereafter referred to as “TEEBAgriFood China”) conducted the second field investigation in Tengchong City, Yunnan Province, China.
Support by Tengchong Branch of the Bureau of Ecology and Environment and Tengchong Bureau of Agricultural and Rural Affairs and coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme – International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), the project implementation team formed by Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fudan University conducted surveys on Tengchong’s diverse agriculture sector, paying attention to its current status and future planning. The scope includes beef cattle breeding, under-canopy medicinal herbs plantation, and other various plantations (staple food, tea, fruits and vegetables).
The field investigation is a follow-up activity to the second Project Steering Committee meeting held in February 2021, where the research plan of the TEEBAgriFood China was discussed and approved. The information collected during the survey will serve as the foundation for the subsequent project scenario analysis, and contribute to the policy-making process of the local agricultural development.
As an integrated place-based assessment at a landscape level, the merits of TEEBAgriFood Tengchong study lie in the considering of different facets of agricultural production in a mixed system.
TEEBAgriFood China Project team attending consultation meetings with local authorities in Tengchong, Yunnan
TEEBAgriFood China Project team visiting a cattle breeding company
TEEBAgriFood China Project team visiting a medicinal herb plantation company
TEEBAgriFood China Project team conducting interviews with smallholder farmers
The TEEBAgriFood China project is led by the European Union and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted by UNEP-IEMP, and implemented by the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGSNRR, CAS) and the CRAES.
Tengchong City of Yunnan Province is the only case study selected in China. The project will deliver a policy management case study with integrated ecological, economic, and social dimensions, which will be presented on official UNEP media platforms and at the Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) in 2020.