We begin 2017 with a podcast featuring guest Dr. Salman Hussain, Coordinator of TEEB,
and hosted by Yannick Beaudoin, Chief Scientist for GRID-Arendal.
Dr. Salman Hussain is the Coordinator of The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (“TEEB”). Based in Geneva, Switzerland, at the International Environment House, the TEEB office is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the Economics and Trade Branch (ETB) of the Economy Division. Salman was a contributing author to the TEEB reports launched in 2010 and has also coordinated the quantitative assessment for TEEB, a global scale study integrating environmental valuation with Geographic Information System mapping.
Previously Salman was with Scotland’s Rural College, where he directed the University of Edinburgh’s Masters programme in Ecological Economics and headed a team focusing on marine ecosystem economics. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, he lead the economics work of a European Commission project that married ecosystem service valuation with the bio-physical modelling of the impacts of different use and conservation policy options.
His PhD was on the economics of the ‘greening’ of industry, with a specific emphasis on eco-innovations and eco-labelling, but his research for the past decade has focused on ecosystem and environmental economics.
Podcast host Yannick Beaudoin, PhD, MA, is Chief Scientist at GRID-Arendal, a United Nations/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating center inNorway. In addition to overseeing and facilitating the various efforts of the organization, his recent project activities include the development of a global TEEB for Oceans and Coasts study, the management of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates and co-coordination of the SPC-SOPAC – UNEP Pacific Marine Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Assessment. He is also a geoscientist with the Continental Shelf Project which has been providing technical assistance to developing states working to delineate the outer limits of their continental shelf according to criteria outlined in Article 76 of UNCLOS.
Yannick also works to apply new economic thinking, ‘science of change’ and participatory social processes to GRID-Arendal’s Green Economy and Green Economy for Oceans activities that include working with countries, communities and industry to increase human well-being while preserving and enhancing ecological health and quality. Yannick holds a doctorate (2006) and MSc (2001) in marine and economic geology from the University of Toronto with a research focus on deep ocean hydrothermal vent systems; he participated on 9 international marine research campaigns.