Benjamin Simmons is an international lawyer specializing in the interaction between environmental and economic law and policy. In addition to his overall responsibility for TEEB management and implementation, he is the head of the Trade, Policy, and Planning Unit in the Economics and Trade Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In this capacity, he is responsible for guiding the policy work for UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative and implementing UNEP’s trade program. Simmons serves as the principal UNEP representative in the World Trade Organization’s trade and environment negotiations.

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In October 2010 the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study published a groundbreaking series of reports, which presented governments, local authorities, and businesses with a powerful economic case for protecting the natural world. The reports, initiated in 2007 by the G8+5 major nations, urged governments and companies around …

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