In this section, you will find an overview of special media coverage, studies and documentations on biodiversity and ecosystem services from leading European and international business magazines.
Voluntary Sustainability Standards and Biodiversity
Understanding the potential of agricultural standards for biodiversity protection - This policy brief provides a summary of the findings of joint research conducted by International Institute for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Convention for Biological Diversity Secretariat analyzing the potential contribution of voluntary sustainability standards to support biodiversity protection.
It’s Time To Start Accounting For Nature
WWF recently released Living Planet Report 2016, the latest biennial accounting of the state of the planet. The numbers are sobering. Each year, humans use the biocapacity of 1.6 Earths, consuming resources faster than the planet can replenish them. That’s the ecological equivalent of surviving on credit.
Climate Finance to Protect Global Forests Approaches US$1 Billion a Year
Governments and companies around the world committed a record US$ 888 million (M) in new funding last year to bolster the planet’s first line of defense against climate change – forests and other carbon-absorbing landscapes – according to a new report from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, View from the Understory: State of Forest Carbon Finance 2016. This funding will remove the equivalent of 87.9 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2e) from the atmosphere, roughly equal to the annual emissions of Chile.
Environmental impacts of palmoil and potential substitutes
A study by WWF shows that replacing palmoil with other plant based oils won't save the environment. Researchers found that sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, soybean oil and coconut oil will even more affect global warming and loss of biodiversity.
Business Insights: Pilot testing the Natural Capital Protocol
This report analyses the business aspects that pilot testing companies focused on, explores the learnings from businesses applying the Protocol, and identifies where natural capital assessments have an impact on the pilot tester companies. It shares findings from some of the 50+ companies from 20 sectors over 5 continents who tested the Protocol.
Taking Stock of the Role of Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies
The newest report of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, Buying In: Taking Stock of the Role of Offsets in Corporate Carbon Strategies has been launched. It takes a deep dive into the how and why of offsetting and sends some strong and important signals for climate and forests.
The True Price of Cotton from India
The aim of this report is to provide a condensed overview of the true pricing study conducted for cotton from India. This study investigated the external costs of the cotton supply chain and compared it to certified seed cotton.
The True Price of Tea from Kenya
In this study the external costs of the tea supply chain (smallholder cultivation in Kenya) were investigated to inform decision making for IDH’s tea program. The external costs of conventional green leaf were compared to green leaf grown by smallholder farmers active in the Farmer Field School (FFS) program.
Defra report: Lessons learned from biodiversity offsetting markets
This study (Duke and ten Kate 2014, published in 2016) was commissioned by Defra to assist with the development of policy on biodiversity offsetting, in particular to support more detailed economic appraisal of the policy options identified in the 2013 Green Paper on Biodiversity Offsetting in England.
Indigenous and Local Knowledge about Pollination and Pollinators associated with Food Production
Outcomes from the Global Dialogue Workshop - The report includes the proceedings from the Global Dialogue Workshop held in Panama, a series of case studies provided by ILK holders and experts, and based on indigenous and local knowledge and it provides a report by the ILK task force on the piloting of its preliminary ILK approaches and procedures in the framework of the pollination assessment.
Making the case for a net positive impact on biodiversity
Exploring how a Net Positive Impact (NPI) approach on biodiversity can enable the private sector to better manage biodiversity and contribute to global conservation is the focus of two new papers released today under the auspices of the NPI Alliance.
The Business Case for True Pricing
Why you will benefit from measuring, monetizing and improving your impact.
Resource scarcity, population growth, economic development, lower transaction costs and more effective regulation: companies face a ‘new normal’. Impacts upon society that arise outside of the market – externalities – are growing, and yet companies simultaneously face the prospects that they must internalize such externalities at higher rates than ever before.
Conservation Finance - From Niche to Mainstream: The Building of an Institutional Asset Class
In this new report, which Credit Suisse developed together with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, the authors would like to propose a toolkit for substantially growing the investment that flows into the conservation sector, illustrated by a few concrete ideas that they deem to be scalable, repeatable, and investable. Implementing these ideas will require strong collaboration between the financial and environmental communities to find new and creative ways of solving the financial structuring and conservation challenges at hand.
Reporting matters - edition 2015
In the latest edition of Reporting matters launched on 5 November, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) found that the effectiveness of corporate non-financial reporting is improving among world-leading companies but there is still a lot to be done before corporate reporting can reach its full potential to drive performance and improve decision-making.
Report - MITIGATION PRINCIPLES
The Nature Conservancy released a new report establishing principles to improve mitigation policy and practice — "Achieving Conservation and Development: 10 Principles for Applying the Mitigation Hierarchy”.
State of Forest Carbon Finance 2015 - Report
Companies and governments that put a value on the carbon stored in the world’s remaining forests are ramping up results-based finance for those assets, according to Ecosystem Marketplace’s State of Forest Carbon Finance 2015 report, launched last week.
Self-Check –Potentials for Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Company Premises
This checklist is designed to help companies initiate nature-oriented design actions on their premises. It is intended to help in collecting relevant documents and information. This conducts an initial assessment regarding potentials for biodiversity-oriented design as well provides suggestions for first steps towards biodiversity-oriented design.
Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital
This report aims to engage industry in a review of the global challenges around water, biodiversity and soil and showcases the extent to which companies are working together to develop new interventions in the face of natural capital degradation. The report shares some business responses to these challenges while also highlighting the barriers to long-term and sustainable management of natural capital.
Global Biodiversity Outlook 4
The 4th Global Biodiversity Outlook is now available. It is a publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity and summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity. Besides it draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention.
LIFE and invasive alien species
The latest LIFE Nature Focus publication takes a timely look at one of the greatest threats to Europe's biodiversity, ecosystem services, human health and economic activities. The 76-page LIFE and invasive alien species brochure links the work of LIFE projects with the aims of the new EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation.
Baseline study analyses how CSR standards for tourism include biodiversity criteria
An analysis of how measures to protect biodiversity are integrated into tourism Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards and awards has been published by adelphi, ECOTRANS e.V. and the Global Nature Fund. The study draws conclusions on how biodiversity protection can be better integrated into standards’ and awards’ criteria.
Markets for Natural Capital – Status Quo and Prospects
The new brochure of the Global Nature Fund (GNF) and the German Environmental Aid (DUH) reveals the possibilities and limits of two models for compensating environmental impacts: Biodiversity-Offsets and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).
New EU reforms fail European wildlife
Despite political proclamation of increased environmental focus, experts argue that the European Union’s recent agricultural reforms are far too weak to have any positive impact on the continent’s shrinking farmland biodiversity, and call on member states to take action.
Accounting for natural capital: the elephant in the boardroom
A new report launched by CIMA, in collaboration with EY the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Natural Capital Coalition, calls for finance professionals to take action and lead the change to prevent their organisations failing in today’s ever changing environment.
New toolkit for reducing food waste
The toolkit of the the Food Waste Reduction Alliance focuses on strategies food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators can employ to keep food out of landfills, and to reduce food waste at the source.
Report on Private Sector Engagement with Ecosystem Services
The report explores how business refers to and addresses ecosystem services work, which will help corporate representatives better understand the ways they can engage with and factor ecosystem services impacts and dependencies into decision-making.
Guidelines for cooperation of businesses and NGOs
The new publication "Gaining Profit while Conserving Nature: Guidelines for cooperation of businesses and NGOs in the Visegrad countries" developed throughout multi-stakeholder consultations aims to enhance business – NGO partnerships through analyzing their complexity, spreading well-working case studies as well as providing practical tips for implementation.
The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014
This Review provides a bird's eye view of the global market trends of 10 commodities and the 16 most prevalent standards initiatives paving the way for more sustainable production and trade. The review looks at the governance, criteria coverage and implementation practices of standards initiatives that are active in the agriculture, forestry and biofuels sectors.
Charting New Waters – State of Watershed Payments – Executive Summary for Business
This Executive Summary for Business builds upon data and analysis from Charting New Waters: State of Watershed Payments. In Charting New Waters, Ecosystem Marktplace tracks the size, scope, and outlook for investments in watershed services and in the ecological infrastructure from which they flow, focusing on transactions between investors and watershed service providers.
The State of Green Business 2014
State of Green Business, the seventh annual assessment of corporate sustainability trends and metrics, is just out. It paints a picture that is both optimistic and highly problematic.
First, the good news. The state of the art of corporate sustainability continues to evolve. What's business as usual today was not that long ago innovative.
The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013
The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting provides a snapshot of current global trends in corporate responsibility (CR) reporting. The survey covers 4,100 companies in 41 countries and a deep-dive into the quality of reporting among the world’s largest 250 companies.
Green Game-Changers: Insights for mainstreaming business innovation
WWF and Verdantix produced a new report which follows on from 2012’s Green Game-Changers report, which looked at the adoption of innovative sustainable business models by large companies. This report highlights the actions that large firms have taken to transform their business models towards sustainability. For the fourth year running, Verdantix and WWF-UK edit the Green Game-Changers report based on the flow of business innovation in the global economy, particularly Asia. The report looks at the larger corporations that draw from entrepreneurial activity and are taking innovation forward at a grand scale, wich 16 case studies considerably show.
Outdated approach to water raises immediate risks
Released on 31 October 2013, the CDP Global Water Report 2013 establishes that a misguided approach to water-related risk management has become business as usual at the world’s largest global companies. Corporate focus is too often directed at reducing water use, which is an inadequate response to increasingly immediate substantive water risks, threatening shareholder value.
Valuation without action? On the use of economic valuations of ecosystem services
Economic valuations have raised high expectations to influence policy and alleviate the accelerating degradation of the environment. But heated debates about the use and misuse of valuation have been onging for years. This policy brief synthesizes some key elements and comes to the conclusion that issue of valuation use for decision-making is rarely addressed beyond general statements and suggestions about possible uses.
Ocean Health Index 2013: Low Score in Food Provision
The Ocean Health Index is the first assessment tool that scientifically compares and combines key elements from all dimensions of the ocean’s health - biological, physical, economic and social - to measure how sustainably people are using the ocean. It reveals that the Pacific Islands and Europe lead the way with healthy oceans, while coastal protection becomes a major concern for the future.
Putting a price on value
Better environmental, social and governance (ESG) management provides an opportunity for the private equity (PE) sector to generate more value – more value for their portfolio companies, for their investors and for society at large. The authors of this publication believe that not only is there clear benefit in better ESG management, but also that it is possible for the value to be quantified and communicated to investors, acquirers and wider stakeholders.
Business Guide to Water Valuation: an introduction to concepts and techniques
This Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. The intention is to arm business managers with the knowledge and critical eye needed to work with valuation specialists. This will help managers commission, manage and review water valuation studies, as well as make the best use of the findings.
New TEEB Natural Capital Legislation study
The study, published by Global International, was launched by TEEB study leader Pavan Sukhdev during the 1st GLOBE Natural Capital Summit, held at the German Bundestag in Berlin on 7-8 June 2013. It assesses national capacities, policies and ongoing processes towards the implementation of natural capital accounting in eight countries.
Guidance Manual for TEEB Country Studies Published
The Guidance Manual for “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” (TEEB) Country Studies was launched by UNEP and partners during the Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity, 28 May 2013. The Guidance Manual was developed following requests from countries interested in undertaking a TEEB country study, in order to achieve their development goals whilst at the same time sustainably managing their natural resources.
EU guidance on integrating climate change and biodiversity into environmental impact assessment environment released
The need for action on climate change and biodiversity loss is recognised across Europe and around the world. To make progress towards combating and adapting to climate change, and halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems, it is vital to fully integrate these issues in the plans, programmes and projects implemented across the EU. Since climate change and biodiversity loss — like so many other environmental issues we face — are closely related, they are covered in the same guide.
Ernst & Young - The Value of Sustainability Reporting
Sustainability reporting has emerged as a common practice of 21st-century business. Where once sustainability disclosure was the province of a few unusually green or community-oriented companies, today it is a best practice employed by companies worldwide.
Natural Capital Declaration Roadmap Released
The Natural Capital Declaration announces the release of the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) Roadmap. The Roadmap sets out a plan, providing preliminary guidance on how the four commitments in the Natural Capital Declaration can be implemented by the finance industry.
Greening Global Value Chains: New OECD Papers
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released four new reports on strategies for green growth, focusing on the "greening" of global value chains. These papers are a product of the OECD's Green Growth Strategy, which offers policy framework recommendations for countries pursuing economic development and protection of ecosystem services.
TEEB for Business Coalition and Trucost published a report about the top 100 Business Externalities
The study “Natural Capital at Risk – The Top 100 Externalities of Business” was released from the TEEB for Business Coalition during the Business for the Environment summit in New Delhi. The authors of the report estimate that the global top 100 environmental externalities are costing the economy world-wide around $4.7 trillion a year in terms of the economic costs of greenhouse gas emissions, loss of natural resources, loss of nature-based services such as carbon storage by forests, climate change and air pollution-related health costs.
TEEB for Business Launched a Report on Organisational Change for Natural Capital Management
The TEEB for Business Coalition released a new study today which describes the business motivations and a model of organisational change for natural capital management.The study describes how business leaders can strategise and implement changes in organisational behaviour related to valuing natural capital in their company. It is based on the practices of 26 pioneering companies across nine industry sectors.
A Practical Guide: Creating Green Deals for SMEs throughout Europe
This guide aims to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to take up the challenge of protecting biodiversity and through that to provide security for the long-term sustainability of their businesses. Biodiversity is essential to businesses of any sort and the current losses of biodiversity, within Europe and globally, have the potential to become a bigger risk to businesses in the future than even the financial and credit crises.
Independent Report on Biodiversity Offsets Released
IUCN and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) released an independent report on key issues related to the successful implementation of biodiversity offsets. The report gives an overview of issues related to biodiversity offsets with a particular focus on the mining sector.
Mining Sites Provide Basis for Biodiversity Promotion
A study, recently released by HeidelbergCement and BirdLife International shows the biodiversity potential of HeidelbergCement quarries in Europe and Central Asia. The study is an assessment of the interaction between quarries and areas of biodiversity value and of the potential for conservation action.
State of Green Business Report 2013
The 2013 State of Green Business report has just been published by GreenBiz Group Inc. It tells a story of the shifting business reality — a world slowly coming to grips with a changing climate, economic volatility and great risks to business as usual. One of the main stories is about natural capital, eivironmental efficiency and the return on natural assets.
TEEB Report for Water and Wetlands released
Wetlands are a fundamental part of local and global water cycles and provide numerous ecosystem services. Nevertheless, wetlands continue to be degraded or lost and, in many cases, policies and decisions do not sufficiently take into account these interconnections and interdependencies. However, the full value of water and wetlands needs to be recognized and integrated into decision-making in order to meet our future social, economic and environmental needs.
Forest Footprint Disclosure Report 2012: Many Firms Lag
Colgate-Palmolive, Groupe Danone, Gucci and Heinz are among the companies that last year disclosed their forest footprint for the first time - but the gap between the leaders of the forest risk commodity sectors and their peers is ever growing, according to the fourth annual Forest Footprint Disclosure Report.
BSR Report on the Current "State of Play" of Ecosystem Services Tools
BSR has developed this report "Measuring and Managing Corporate Performance in an Era of Expanded Disclosure: A Review of the Emerging Domain of Ecosystem Services Tools" to assist business people who are asking questions about ecosystem services. It is intended to help corporate decision-makers understand and assess the current state of play within the ecosystem services tool landscape.
Ecosystem Marketplace Released a Report about the Rising Importance of Watershed Payments
The report about the State of Watershed Payments 2012 is the second instalment in the “State of Watershed Payments” series, an effort to globally track the size, scope, and direction of investments in watershed services as well as the ecological infrastructure from which they flow. The report counts at least 205 programs (up from 103 in 2008) that in 2011 collectively generated US $8.17 billion in investments, an increase of nearly $2 billion above 2008 levels.
PRI Study highlights the Increasing Materiality of ESG Issues in M&A of Private Equity Portfolio Companies
The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative commissioned PwC to conduct a survey to assess the attitudes of trade buyers of private equity companies to evaluating environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in their M&A activities. It found that over 80% of companies had reduced the valuation of an acquisition target or not gone ahead with a deal because of poor performance on ESG factors, while 75% said poor performance in this area had prevented a deal from taking place.
European Charter Parks - A Growing Network for Sustainable Tourism Development in Protected Areas
The featured study analyses how the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECST) criteria cover the basic CBD framework expressed in the CBD Aichi Targets, how successfully the sustainable development indicators have been developed, and how they can be used for verifying the system benefits. According to the author's analyses the ECST methodology strongly supports most of the Aichi Targets, out of 20 Targets, 11 directly and five indirectly.
Chief Liquidity Series: Extractives Sector
The third issue of the Chief Liquidity Series focuses on extractive industries and was published in October 2012. The members of the UNEP FI Water & Finance Work Stream conceptualise and develop this Briefing with the aim of offering financial institutions the expertise required to effectively manage water, and ensure that financial institutions understand the global water challenge and act locally to make a global difference.
Bankrupting Nature: Denying our Planetary Boundaries
The report "Bankrupting Nature: Denying our Planetary Boundaries" to the Club of Rome, by Anders Wijkman and Johan Rockström, lays out a blue-print for a radically changed economic system that links economics with ecology, arguing that this is the only way to generate growth in the future. The report suggests measures that could prevent the current depletion of the earth’s finite resources and enable us to enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
Water management in Europe faces rising challenges as ecosystems weaken
Water pollution and excessive water use are still harming ecosystems, which are indispensable to Europe’s food, energy, and water supplies. To maintain water ecosystems, farming, planning, energy and transport sectors need to actively engage in managing water within sustainable limits.
Western U.S. Ecosystems Offset Carbon Emissions
A new study estimates that western U.S. ecosystems — from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest rain forests and the Sonoran desert — absorb and contain as much atmospheric carbon every year as the annual emissions of more than 83 million passenger cars.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands
Half of the worlds wetlands have been destroyed in just the last 100 years, says a new TEEB report. Published by the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), the report found that of the 25 million square kilometers of wetlands that existed in 1900 just 12.8 million square kilometers now remain.
Is Natural Capital A Material Issue?
ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), KPMG and Fauna & Flora International have investigated the concept and existing risk of materiality in light of the increasing significance of natural capital. It involved a survey of over 200 accountancy professionals, interviews with CFOs and senior management from eight major companies, a disclosure survey of corporate reporting by 40 organisations in specific sectors, and desk based research into relevant literature and work in the field.
Sharing the Benefits of REDD+: Lessons from the Field
This report presented by The Nature Conservancy includes case studies of 10 existing natural resource management and benefit sharing programs. It identified the 5 key factors that must be considered when designing any successful natural resource management program and drew lessons for REDD+.
Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided
This report provides a snapshot prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4° Celsius warming within this century. It is a rigorous attempt to outline a range of risks, focusing on developing countries and especially the poor.
Climate Change Evident across Europe, Confirming Urgent Need for Adaptation
This European Environment Agency (EEA) report, which was published on November 21, 2012, presents information on past and projected climate change and related impacts in Europe, based on a range of indicators. The report also assesses the vulnerability of society, human health and ecosystems in Europe and identifies those regions in Europe most at risk from climate change. Furthermore, the report discusses the principle sources of uncertainty for the indicators and notes how monitoring and scenario development can improve our understanding of climate change, its impacts and related vulnerabilities.
E-RISC: Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis
UNEP Finance Initiative and the Global Footprint Network have collaborated with a number of institutional investors, asset managers and information providers to demonstrate the materiality of natural resource and environmental risk to sovereign credit worthiness. The report "A New Angle on Sovereign Credit Risk" addresses how and why natural resource and environmental risks are becoming financially material for sovereign credit risk, not just in the medium term, but even in the short run.
Best LIFE Environment Projects 2011
The EU Member States represented on the LIFE Committee and the European Commission's LIFE Unit have announced the Best LIFE Environment Projects 2011.
The 2050 Criteria - Guide to Responsible Investment in Agricultural, Forest, and Seafood Commodities
The 21st century has presented humanity with an ominous reality. By 2050, we may face widespread insufficiency of food, fiber, and bioenergy to meet our needs. A rapidly growing global population, accelerating consumption, dietary shifts, climate change and other factors are driving unprecedented price volatility, resource shortages, and other risks in soft commodity supply chains. These challenges pose material, reputational, and systemic risk to investors.
Interim report of UK Ecosystem Markets Task Force released
The Ecosystem Markets Task Force published its Interim Report on November 6, 2012. The report sets out the aims of the Task Force, its emerging thinking on why nature should matter to business and the potential opportunities for business from valuing nature correctly.
Leveraging the Landscape: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2012
The report, which aggregates data from 415 individual forest carbon projects historically, was published on 1st of November 2012 by Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace, a world-leading provider of news, data and analytics on environmental markets and investments in conservation. The report examines a variety of strategies for injecting financial resources into projects that save or plant forests that capture carbon. Carbon offsets from these projects averaged $9.2 per tonne of sequestered carbon in 2011, up from $4.6 per tonne in 2010.
In the Future, There Will Be No Forests Left - A New Report by Global Witness
HSBC has bankrolled logging companies causing widespread environmental destruction and human rights abuses in Sarawak, Malaysia, violating its sustainability policies and earning around US$130 million in the process, this investigation reveals. The bank is also providing financial services to companies widely suspected of systematic bribery and corruption.
Bankrolling - Climate Disruption
Rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have begun to disrupt the global climate, triggering extreme weather events around the globe in recent years. To address this growing climate crisis, the global economy must rapidly transition to low-carbon energy sources. This transition poses major challenges for the banking sector, which will need to shift its financing from fossil fuel-based power sources to low-carbon energy infrastructure.
New Publication Makes the Case for Business to Engage in Water Valuation
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched a new publication on October 29, 2012 that demonstrates the business case for companies to engage in water valuation. Water Valuation: Building the business case paves the way towards the integration of true water values and true water costs into decision-making.
Land of Milk and Honey
Last week Triple E Knowledge Center and the Foundation for Bees (Bijenstichting) presented to the newly installed Dutch governmental commission for Economics, Agriculture and Innovation in The Hague their new book The Netherlands: land of milk and honey.
Protected Areas in Europe — An Overview
The report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of protected areas and aims to assist policymakers and the wider public in understanding the complexity of the current systems of protected areas.
2012 Biodiversity Barometer
Every year the Union for Ethical BioTrade publishes a study of biodiversity awareness among consumers, companies and the media. In 2012, 76 per cent of the 8000 consumers in Brazil, France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, Peru and India who took part in the survey assigned an important role in achieving sustainable development to the private sector but only 64 per cent were aware of biodiversity.
The Little Forest Finance Book - 14 Catalysts to Scale Up Forest-Friendly Finance
The Little Forest Finance Book’s overarching aim is to catalyse an increase in the finance flowing towards forest-friendly development. The book is a reference for decision makers and project stakeholders within governments, NGOs, the private sector, and forest communities who want to understand where forest finance can be raised, how it can best be managed, and the types of activities that it enables.
Biodiversity Offsets: : Voluntary and Compliance Regimes
UNEP-WCMC and UNEP FI have issued a new publication on voluntary and compliance regimes in relation to biodiversity offsets. Over the past years a growing number of businesses, including (multilateral) financial institutions, have started to undertake voluntary biodiversity offset projects as part of their environmental risk management strategies. Motivations to do so relate to demonstrating leadership, gaining an ability to influence the regulatory process, reducing operational risk exposure and taking advantage of new business developments.
IUCN Releases List of 100 Most Threatened Species
More than 8,000 scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) have compiled a list of the 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi on the planet.
Asian Coastal Wetlands
In 2011, the IUCN Species Survival Commission and IUCN Asia Regional Office commissioned an independent report to assess the state and condition of intertidal habitats along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), in response to growing concerns expressed by IUCN members over observed declines in biodiversity, the loss of ecological services, and an increase in ecological disasters.
Markets for Ecosystem Services - A New Report
Developing markets for ecosystem services can help contribute to improved ecosystem function in a cost-effective manner. The global economy is highly dependent on a variety of services provided by nature. Protecting these services was a key priority for decision makers at the Rio environmental meetings. This new study highlights the possibilities of using markets as a policy tool to improve the supply of ecosystem services.
The Effect of Certification on Biodiversity
An expert panel of business and civil society leaders and academic experts has published the findings of a state-of-knowledge assessment of standards and certification. The report provides insight into the actual, perceived and potential impact of sustainability standards and labelling schemes on biodiversity and other environmental and social aspects .
Corporation 2020 - Transforming Business for Tomorrow's World
"Corporation 2020" by Pavan Sukhdev describes in pragmatic terms the corporation’s path of transformation from today’s cost externalizer to tomorrow’s value optimizer. It envisions the necessary milestones we must meet and explains their timeline. It presents new research on how to deliver tough solutions which cut across the spaces of policy, selfregulation, and legislation—including disclosing corporate externalities, setting limits to corporate leverage, replacing taxes on corporate profits with resource taxes on extraction, and setting ethical standards in advertising.
Payments for Ecosystem Services: Realising Nature's Value
This publication highlights the concept and selected market segments relating to payments for ecosystem services. It emphasises the role natural capital can play in both environmental conservation and in poverty alleviation, and highlights the potential benefits of ecosystem-based economic development in an accessible, non-technical manner.
DEFRA Reports on Business Opportunities in Protecting Nature’s Services
Commissioned for the UK Ecosystem Markets Task Force (EMTF) by the Valuing Nature Network (VNN), the report identifies reasons for which business should value and protect nature’s services. Reasons include the business risks caused by degradation and scarcity, consumer expectations, and the competitive advantage of developing sustainable supply chains, procurement and production.
New UN Global Compact publication: Framework for the integration of BES into business activities
All businesses, regardless of their size, location or sector, depend upon and have a direct or indirect impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) through their operations, supply chains or investment choices. It is thus important for businesses to integrate BES considerations into their practices and to participate in the sustainable and equitable use and conservation of BES. To this end, the UN Global Compact and IUCN have developed this framework for companies to explore the issue of BES as it relates to their activities and corporate sustainability.
The Value of Natural Capital in Pocket Size
The latest edition of The Little Green Data Book provides comprehensive data on more than 200 countries’ natural capital, including agricultural land, forests, protected areas, water resources, and for the first time oceans.
24 Companies Representing $500 Billion Announce Commitments Underscoring Business Value of Nature
At the Rio+20 Conference, Corporate EcoForum and The Nature Conservancy unveiled the groundbreaking results of the initiative first announced last September at the Clinton Global Initiative, to catalyze a globally significant set of private sector-led commitments to action that—in their aggregate—powerfully demonstrate the business logic of ramping up investments to safeguard critical “natural infrastructure” around the world
Study on Global Trade and its Impact on Biodiversity
Researchers showed that it is essential to assess not only the local operations of companies but also the complete supply chain as 30% of global species threats are due to international trade. For a large proportion this is caused by agricultural commodities such as coffee, tea, sugar, textiles and fish.
Payments for Ecosystem Services - From Theory to Practice
This study underlines the importance of PES systems, viewed as monetary transfers which form part of an already effective transfer network constituting a given area’s economy, but which are far from being always consistent. In that sense, PES systems could help review the coherence of monetary transfer policies targeting environmental objectives in the perspective of effective sustainable development.
Incorporating Biodiversity into Environmental Management Systems for Agriculture
This document is the first step in the process of incorporating biodiversity into performance standards and EMSs for an industry sector for Victoria (Australia). It focuses on the agricultural sector, as this is the predominant industry operating on private land, where many biodiversity assets are still intact. The aim of the discussion paper is to stimulate change through voluntary mechanisms that improve the understanding and encourage the adoption, among a broad audience, of the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in the Victorian agricultural sector using Environmental Management Systems.
The Little Biodiversity Finance Book - 3rd edition
Finance for biodiversity could be scaled up from around USD 52 billion in 2010 to as high as USD 160 billion by 2020, if the public and private sectors work together to implement a range of financing approaches, according to the new Little Biodiversity Finance Book, published today by the Global Canopy Programme (GCP).
The Quiet (R)Evolution in Expectations of Corporate Environmental Performance
The amount of activity related to ecosystem services within government, business, financial services, and academics indicates that the concept has finally come of age. This new report from BSR lays out the current state of play of the uptake of ecosystem services and describes the emerging activity within the private sector related to integrating ecosystem services into decisions.
Practical, profitable, protected - A starter guide to developing sustainable tourism in protected areas
This book is a practical manual on how to develop and manage tourism in protected areas. It is for all those responsible for the management of protected areas as tourism destinations. It focuses on protected areas that are in an early stage of their tourism development and wish to do this in a well-planned and sustainable manner. Examples of such areas are the more than 26,000 Natura 2000 sites which have recently been recognised
by 27 European countries.
Certification and biodiversity
KPMG launched a new study dealing with the effectiveness of certification schemes on biodiversity. The goal of the report is to reveal current and possible future trends and challenges in relation to the effectiveness of certification regarding biodiversity conservation. These issues are increasingly receiving attention from various stakeholders.
New BBOP Publication: Standard on Biodiversity Offsetting
The Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP) has published a standard on biodiversity offsetting. The "Standard on Biodiversity Offsets” addresses the needs of auditors, project developers, conservation groups, communities, governments as well as financial institutions that wish to assess biodiversity offsets against the BBOP Principles, Criteria and Indicators.
The EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 explained: new brochure
In May 2011, the European Union adopted a new strategy to halt biodiversity loss in the EU, restore ecosystems where possible, and step up efforts to avert global biodiversity loss. The new biodiversity strategy is built around six measurable targets that focus on the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Each target is accompanied by a corresponding set of actions. The new brochure, that is published by the DG Environment of the EU, gives a clear overview of the different elements of the strategy.
Study Shows Protecting Vital Habitats Can Ease Poverty
Protecting the land of highest priority for biodiversity conservation also delivers significant, life-sustaining services and income to the world’s most impoverished people, according to a new study published this month in the journal, BioScience. Yet conservation efforts and poverty alleviation efforts are both at risk of failing, since this ‘natural capital’ is grossly undervalued in the global marketplace.
Review of the biodiversity requirements of standards and certification schemes: new study of the CBD
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a review of the biodiversity requirements of 36 environmental standards. The standards cover eight business sectors: agriculture, biotrade, carbon offset, finance, fisheries, forestry, mining and tourism. The review looked at the way standards treat the components of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity (including appropriate responses) and references to multilateral environmental agreements.
Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment
The Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment (ESR for IA) provides practical instructions to environmental and social practitioners on how to incorporate ecosystem services throughout environmental and social impact assessment.
No Economy without Ecology
By 2020 a halt must have been called to the loss of biodiversity while by 2030 consumers’ ecological footprints must be halved. This is the unambiguous advice of the Dutch Taskforce Biodiversity and Natural Resources entitled Green Growth, investing in biodiversity and natural resources. The Taskforce’s recommendations were presented to Minister Maxime Verhagen and State Secretary Joop Atsma in the VNO NCW offices on 13 December 2011.
New UN-backed study on biodiversity and ecosystem services shows clear leaders in the extractive sector
A new report by the Natural Value Initiative (NVI), titled Tread lightly: Biodiversity and ecosystem services risk and opportunity management within the extractive industry, reveals the potential business risks facing the extractive sector (specifically oil, gas and mining) from their reliance and impact on natural resources and explores how companies in these sectors currently address these issues in their operations.
Biodiversity & Tourism, new opportunities for businesses and destinations?
The French Ministry in charge of tourism publishes a guide on "Biodiversity and Tourism, new opportunitiesfor businesses and destinations? ".This tool aims at mobilizing all stakeholders in the tourism sector around the issuesof preservation of biodiversity and at disseminating good practices that maycontribute to this.
Biodiversity versus Energy Wood from European Forests? UNECE/FAO outlook study identifies possible scenarios for the future of European forests
A new study of the FAO and ENECE looks at the future of the European forest sector. Based on different scenarios, the study shows how the European forests can develop and gives policy contributions based on these findings. It concluded that if wood is to play its part in reaching renewable energy targets, supply would have to increase by nearly 50% in the next twenty years. However, if biodiversity is to be the key priority for policymakers the supply of wood from European forest in 2030 would be around 12% less than present. To deal with these challenges, the study advises the companies and other stakeholders to adopt new innovations such in the form of new production methods for wood based products but also innovative financing schemes such as Payments for Ecosystems (PES).
GRI Approach for reporting on ecosystem services
The way a company’s impact and dependence on freshwater, climate regulation and pollination is measured and reported is discussed in a new publication, launched by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI provides a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. Many organisations already monitor their pressures on ecosystems – biological environments that include living and non-living things like plants, animals, soil and water – for example, by measuring their emissions and effluents. But this does not take into account all the benefits that people derive from ecosystems, or the company’s reliance on the ecosystems.
New Sustainability Champions: WEF Report Redefining the Future of Growth
Two member companies of the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative, Native (Balbo Group) and Natura, both from Brazil, were chosen as “sustainability champions” in a report recently published by the World Economic Forum. The report Redefining the Future of Growth: The New Sustainability Champions, prepared with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), highlights innovative business practices from companies originating and operating in emerging markets.
HeidelbergCement publishes Group Sustainability Report 2009/2010
For the fourth time, HeidelbergCement is publishing a Group Sustainability Report. The target audience of the Sustainability Report are the company’s employees, investors, analysts, customers and business partners, as well as political actors, neighbours and NGOs. More than ever, the report focuses on a transparent presentation of the most significant topics relating to sustainability, in order to comply with the latest standards of reporting.
State of Forest Carbon Markets 2011 - From Canopy to Currency
This second annual State of the Forest Carbon Markets tracks, reports, and analyses trends in global transactions of emissions reductions generated from forest carbon projects. The data and analysis that cover forest carbon activity in compliance carbon markets as well as voluntary carbon markets—such as the voluntary Over-the-Counter (OTC) market and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).
FAO Report Examines Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a publication titled "Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security." The report examines: the role of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in agriculture; the relevance of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) agri-environmental measures for PES; opportunities and gaps in PES implementation and key areas for further investigation; cost-effective targeting of PES; social and cultural drivers behind the success of PES; landscape labelling approaches to PES through bundling services, products and stewards; enabling conditions and complementary legislative tools; and PES within the context of a green economy.
The Nature of Ecosystem Service Risks for Business
This new KPMG / UNEP FI / FFI publication shows how prepared different private sectors are to hedge against their impacts and dependency on ecosystem services. The study shows businesses a number of ways to move forward on this issue and provides examples of companies that take action to turn risk into opportunities.
The Life of the Quick and Beautiful:
HeidelbergCement Publishes Book on Dragonflies in Quarries and Gravel Pits
"The dragonfly is a specialised species that feels comfortable in our quarries. Telling its story is the beginning of a series of books about the life and diversity in the gravel pits and quarries of HeidelbergCement. It is our aim to contribute to the mutual understanding of conservationists and landscape users and to provide a guideline for the perpetuation of biodiversity for other companies," says Dr Michael Rademacher, Manager Biodiversity and Natural Resources at HeidelbergCement who is also the editor of the book.
Forest Footprint Disclosure Calls on Businesses and Investors to Act to Protect Forests
At the start of the UN International Year of Forests, Forest Footprint Disclosure urges more companies and investors to recognise the business risks of ignoring deforestation. Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) at the launch of their second Annual Review, calls on the private sector, the business and investment community, to play their part now to protect the world’s forests.
Biomassiveness - A New Leading Concept for Nature Conservation
Tom Bade, Head of the Dutch think tank Triple E, developed the concept for nature conservation and wrote a book with Daniel van der Loo. It is all about large concentrations of animals, trees and plants around the world, not just in Africa but in all continents and all possible landscapes. Bade and van der Loo show that biomassiveness can occur anywhere and is a normal phenomenon in nature.
Despite the Financial Crisis the Environment Remains Important for Germans
For a fifth of all German citizens environmental and climate protection remains first or second priority. This means the theme has risen from the third to the fourth place. Large differences exist between social-cultural groups: especially the social-ecological group is very interested in the environment, almost consistently across the different themes. The social under-privileged, but sometimes also conservative groups clearly see the necessity and chances of environmental and climate protection but are often reluctant to take action or to demand political action.
On October 1st, the book "Wild van de economie" on the benefit and profit that come from our human interest in wildlife, was presented at the symposium on the economy of wildlife.
TEEB Report Puts World’s Natural Assets on the Global Political Radar
The economic importance of the world's natural assets is now firmly on the political radar as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss, was the conclusion of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report launched today by TEEB study leader, Pavan Sukhdev.
Biodiversity Management Handbook
introduced at SusCon 2010
Germany's Federal Environment Ministry presents a new handbook for companies at the international Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon). Parliamentary State Secretary Heinen-Esser stresses that companies need intact ecosystems.