Conference: To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond
On 3 and 4 June 2014, 280 individuals from 32 countries met in London for the first global conference on approaches to avoid, minimize, restore and offset biodiversity. It was discussed how to ensure that development is planned to achieve no net loss or preferably a net gain in biodiversity.
GNF and Lake Constance Foundation presented new study on Food Standards and Biodiversity at the Green Week 2014
The topic of the Green Week 2014 that took place in Brussels from June 3 to 5 was “Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste”. In this context, the Global Nature Fund and the Lake Constance Foundation presented their project on biodiversity in food standards in cooperation with the REWE Group and introduced the new baseline report at a side event. In another session, a speech on natural capital accounting was given. The European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik visited the exhibition stand and expressed his interest in the project.
How Business Values Nature
On January 21st 2014 the Global Nature Fund organized the international conference „How Business Values Nature“. About 100 participants from business, science and civil society discussed the economic valuation on natural capital and corporate externalities. Representatives from companies such as the Otto Group presented their work and motivation while experts from initiatives such as the Natural Capital Coalition reported about the progress being made on the methods and frameworks of ecosystem valuation.
Three years of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign: The Future of Business and Biodiversity – what has been achieved
In a side event of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) at the 9th German CSR Forum in Ludwigsburg on 9th April 2013 representatives from NGOs, private sector and government commented on what has been reached in the field of biodiversity engagement of the private sector in the last three years. In 2010 the EBBC started to show how companies can include biodiversity concerns in their business model. The consortium is led by the Global Nature Fund and includes partners from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
European Business and Biodiversity Indicator Meeting in Frankfurt 27 March 2013
The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), organized the third EBBC biodiversity indicator meeting to discuss biodiversity for the corporate sector. Indicator sets of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign, the Rainforest Alliance with its Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), BASF and Daimler were presented. In addition, Synergiz presented its biodiversity footprint method and Connexis its work on indicators for BES (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) that are used by the SRI (Social Responsible Investing) industry. A wrap-up of the event was provided by the German Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutes (VfU). About 35 participants from companies, auditors, NGOs and governments shared their information and experience.
Biodiversity and Environmental Management
The Lake Constance Foundation and the dokeo CSR-academy organised the workshop “Integration of Biodiversity into Environmental Management” on the 14th of November in Stuttgart. Qualified speakers, including company representatives and environmental auditors, presented practical support to help companies to analyse their relationship with biodiversity and provided information to reduce their negative impact on biodiversity. The workshop was especially addressed to companies involved with environmental management as well as for environmental auditors, corporate consultants, authorised experts and accountants.
The Role of Business in Biodiversity Conservation
Fundacion Global Nature has coordinated the CONAMA's working group called "El papel de las empresas en la conservación de la biodiversidad" ("The Role of Business in Biodiversity Conservation"), a strong cluster of Spanish NGOs, Business and the Public Administration, with more than 60 members interested in participating in this initiative. The objective of this working group was to prepare the way to the establishment of a nationwide initiative "Business and Biodiversity" to promote the participation and collaboration of different groups of actors involved in the use of natural resources.
SusCon Calls for a Radical Paradigm Change in the Economy and in Society
More than 450 participants from 37 countries brought the issue of a Green Economy into the centre of the former Bundestag in Bonn from November 27th-28th. The motto of the International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon) was "Green Economy – from intention to action”. In the plenum of the World Conference Centre and during all 12 thematic sessions, delegates from businesses, non-governmental organisations, the media and science discussed concrete steps towards achieving a sustainable economy and society.
UN Convention on Biological Diversity: It's all about the Money!
The 11th Conference of the Parties of the Convention (COP11) on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, closed on October 20, 2012, after two long weeks of intense negotiations. The hot topic in Hyderabad was money. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) reports that the COP decided to double total biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015 and at least maintaining this level until 2020. However, with regard to business, the conference recommended integrating biodiversity into business, but a best policy guidance is missing.
The first step – A conclusion of the IUCN WCC
More companies have never been present at the IUCN World Conservation Congress than this year in Jeju. Thus it is no wonder that the topic of business and ecosystem was a key issue at the event. As some businesses are already active in conserving biodiversity, governments need to pick up speed and give clear guidelines for the private sector.
Infrastructure Industry Sees Green: Final proceedings available
The final proceedings of the workshop that was attended by some 200 companies and practitioners are now available. They gathered at a European meeting to discuss how motorway and railway construction can contribute to biodiversity conservation. Organised by Eiffage, a large construction group, and the University of Paris 1, the workshop was hosted by the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign in Paris.
SMEs in the Netherlands discuss the relevance of biodiversity
Triple E, a consultancy, organised two regional forums in June 2012. Both were held in the province of Gelderland, which hosts the Veluwe, the largest forest in the Netherlands. Together, the two events hosted about 110 participants that discussed what is currently done to protect biodiversity by SMEs in the region. The events also focused on what can be done in the future.
Biodiversity in the Food Supply Chain
The food processing industry and the food retail industry do not have many direct effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. They can however have a large influence in their supply chain, that often includes many suppliers and that can be several levels deep. How biodiversity aspects can be integrated in the procurement process was shown during the workshop on June 20th 2012 that was organised by the Global Nature Fund and the Lake Constance Foundation, together with the German company REWE Group.
First European Biodiversity Summit Covers the Business Case
During the two-day summit that was held in Stuttgart from April 17th to 18th 2012 approximately 550 participants from 20 countries discussed the social responsibility of businesses, argued about sustainable strategies and, in workshops, developed innovative and future solutions for the preservation of natural capital. The focus of this conference was the fundamental importance of biodiversity and intact ecosystems as natural capital for business.
Running business in a resource constrained world
The workshop on possible solutions and cooperation between businesses and NGOs for achieving EU targets on Resource Efficiency and Biodiversity was held in Brussels on March 28, 2012 and organized by CEEWeb and the Global Nature Fund.
Successful Conservation Efforts due to a Landscape Auction
Fundación Global Nature arranged a Landscape Auction on the 23rd of March 2011 in the headquarters of L' Albufera Natural Park (Valencia). 8760 € were raised to start several actions addressing biodiversity conservation around L'Albufera Lake.
Biodiversity - of course an important issue for the sports industry
At the international sports business trade show (ISPO) exhibitors and retailers had the opportunity to receive information about the relevance of biodiversity for their own operations, provided during a workshop in the framework of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign on 31 January 2012. Present companies, e.g. LEKI Lenhart, K2 Sports Europe, Fashy, Deuter or Holmenkol, took the chance to learn about risks and opportunities of biodiversity for their daily business and joined the lively discussion with interesting aspects of their individual situation.
Push for National Business & Biodiversity Initiatives Around the World
The parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) support the establishment of further business and biodiversity initiatives around the globe. The 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative presented itself as one successful example at the first "Meeting of the Global Platform for Business and Biodiversity" on 15/16 December 2011 in Tokyo.
Biodiversity – Risks and opportunities for the tourism sector
What is the relevance of biodiversity for tourism? What measures can be taken along the value chain to protect ecosystems and biodiversity?
All these questions have been addressed by the workshop "Biodiversity-Check for tourism companies” at Vienna tourism fair which took place on the 13th of January, 2012
EMAS - Assessing Impacts on Biodiversity
An EMAS Workshop was held last November 29th during the 2nd edition of the "Setmana de la Responsabilitat Social a Catalunya" (Catalonian Week for Social Responsibility) in Barcelona. The aim of the workshop was to promote tools and solutions to facilitate both the assessment of the impact of business on biodiversity, and the adoption of biodiversity indicators and to discuss various examples of integration of biodiversity management in the company.
Olivenza Regional Forum
The main issue of the second Spanish regional forum within the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign on 19th October 2011 in Olivenza, Extremadura, was the economic significance of maintaining biodiversity in “Las Dehesas”. The forum discussed companies' impacts on biodiversity in the countryside of Extremadura. Furthermore, a "Landscape Auction” supported actions in favour of the Dehesa biodiversity.
Regional forums in Ravensburg: Companies discover biological diversity!
The Lake Constance Foundation organized two regional forums in the region Ravensburg on the topic of “Business & Biodiversity”. The aim was to explain the significance of biological diversity in regional companies and to inform about the possibilities of active lobbying for the protection of biodiversity. The documentation of the regional forums is now available under www.bodensee-stiftung.org.
Successful Landscape Auction in Germany
16 different bidders made the implementation of several nature conservation measures in the administrative district of Ravensburg possible. On October 5th the landscape auction took place at the Hoftheater in Baienfurt, in total € 2,500 were raised. 16 different bidders, amongst them companies and private persons participated in the auction.
Business and NGOs Bid for Biodiversity in Valencia Region
The first Regional Forum on Business and Biodiversity in Spain was held on March 23. It was organised by the Fundación Global Nature and the Ministry of Environment of the Valencia Region. The forum was part of a meeting between business, governmental authorities and NGOs in Valencia that was concluded with a Landscape Auction presented by the Director General of the Environment, Mr. Angeles Centeno
Industry and Nature Team Up - Biodiversity Is a Deciding Competitive Factor in Securing Raw Materials
Cement is doubtless one of the most exciting and important building materials. The Romans already knew the advantages of using “Opus Caementium” for their magnificient structures. The responsible extraction of raw materials for this building material should follow the approach of the industry association Steine und Erden Baden-Württemberg e.V. (ISTE) by practicing an efficient recultivation and renaturalisation of mining areas. During the seminar “Biological Diversity and the Exploitation of Raw Materials” that took place on June 7th at the site of HeidelbergCement’s quarry in Schelklingen, the participants discussed modern methods of recultivation and renaturalisation for the promotion of biological diversity and could learn at the coal face about the measures that promote and protect biodiversity.
Food Retail Benefits from Investing in Natural Capital
The Food Retail sector does depend on healthy ecosystems and biodiversity and has an important role to play – this was the message of the first European seminar and workshop on Natural capital for the food retail sector.
Biodiversity Becomes Commonplace
The Congress "Biodiversity - Opportunities for a New Economy" in Amsterdam provided a platform for a strategic vision for a relationship between biodiversity and economy.
Biodiversity - of strategic value in a greening economy
SUSCON 2010 in the Year of biodiversity - This year the second International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption (SUSCON) took place in Nuremberg at the Nuremberg Trade Fair. From 15-16 June, businesses, NGOs and policy makers exchanged information about biodiversity. The focus was on new business models such as social business, certifications, as well as concrete activities to preserve biodiversity.
Paraguay and Biodiversity
Report about the „First National Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development" in Asunción, Paraguay