New online platform: Natural Infrastructure for Business
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the online platform, Natural Infrastructure for Business (NI4Biz), to increase awareness of the business opportunities in investing in ecosystems – or natural infrastructure – and scale up action.
Expert Round Table "Biodiversity in standards and (environmental) management systems"
The Expert Roundtable took place on 9th of November 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Various Experts from ENGOs, the EC and standardisation institutes gave brief inputs on the current situation and experiences so far regarding the integration of biodiversity/natural capital/ecosystem services into standards, environmental management systems and other certification systems.
Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing edges closer to reaching goal of 100 ratifications by year’s end
Ratifications by Togo, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has brought the total number of ratifications to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization to 72. The Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2010, in Nagoya, Japan, and entered into force on 12 October 2014.
CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum
The 5th CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum offered various examples of companies’ solutions from the agriculture, forestry, mining and oil industries.
ISO management system and biodiversity
The guideline is designed to address companies of all sizes and commercial sectors that employ a management system. The guideline is designed to be process-orientated and provides information on aims, measures and key statistics that are relevant to (almost) all business sectors.
VAUDE is Germany’s most sustainable brand
On November 27, 2015 VAUDE received the highest honors at the prestigious German Sustainability Award and is elated with being named “Germany's Most Sustainable Brand.”
Water Footprint Assessment: A Guide for Business
As business risks associated with water intensify -- for example risks to operations, supply chains and reputation -- many corporate sustainability professionals are seeking practical tools to help them understand and assess these risks. Water Footprint Assessment tools developed primarily by the research sector are gaining attention in this context. However, there is debate among experts and non-experts about the merits of this approach.
BirdLife Europe releases the mid - term assessment of the EU Biodiversity strategy
In a new publication, “Halfway there?”, today BirdLife Europe presents its assessment of progress in the first five years of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The report finds that although important progress has been made in some areas, overall the EU is still failing to reverse the decline of biodiversity, many plants and animals are threatened with extinction in the EU.
World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation
Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable practice for responsible businesses, reports Rainforest Foundation Norway.
Green Week 2015 Nature – our health, our wealth
The 2015 edition of Green Week, will take place from 3 to 5 June 2015 at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be nature and biodiversity. The Green Week in Brussels is the biggest annual conference on European environment policy and attracts visitors from all over Europe every year.
Green Week Satellite Events in Europe
Want to bring visibility to your actions in favour of nature & biodiversity? Organise a ‘Green Week 2015 satellite event in Europe’ and benefit from the EU official support and branding! Associations, private companies, NGOs, research institutes, media, groups of citizens or stakeholders in other sectors can now organize Satellite Events for May and June 2015.
A new program for sustainable herbal teas
As the market for sustainable products begins to move out of the niche, it’s more important than ever that voluntary sustainability standards collaborate and pursue innovative approaches. That’s why the UEBT and UTZ are pleased to announce that they are launching a new joint program for herbal teas.
Quarry Life Award 2014 has its winners!
The winners of the International Quarry Life Award were honored at a festive award ceremony held in Prague on 9 December 2014. They were able to compete against 400 other project proposels from 22 countries and won a cheque for €10.000 each, while the Grand Prix winner even recieved one for €30,000!
Ambitious, pragmatic Agriculture Programme is now live
The Gold Standard launches ambitious, pragmatic Agriculture Programme to address the world’s third largest sector for greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, it is starting to align it's standards towards the ones of Fairtrade and other standards to ensure that players in this space are all working together efficiently for greater impact toward climate change mitigation.
Forest Carbon Markets Value Surpasses US$1 Billion
A recently released report, titled 'Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014' and published by the Ecosystem Marketplace, reveals that the cumulative value of the forest carbon market has now exceeded US$1 billion thanks to a 17% increase in carbon transactions between 2012 and 2013.
Updated WRI & WBCSD toolkit for informed choices on forest products
Seeking out forest products from sustainable sources is key to eliminating deforestation from global supply chains, increasing transparency in the market place and incentivizing sustainable forest management. The updated Sustainable Procurement Guide for wood- and paper-based products developed by the WRI and the WBCSD includes information on fresh & recycled fibre, climate change and unique forest values.
New Online Tool to Transform Palm Oil Industry
In cooperation with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Sustainable Palm Oil Platform (SPOP) presents an interactive resource with information about sustainability in palm oil operations. This new tool is will increase the transparency of the supply chain, in order to inform best practice and sustainability in the palm oil sector.
Nine global NGOs call for ban on mining in World Heritage sites
Nine world-leading conservation organisations call for urgent action to protect natural and mixed UNESCO World Heritage sites from industrial mining and oil or gas activities. The joint ‘no-go’ and ‘no-impact’ statement was presented at the IUCN World Parks Congress on 17 November 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
The Natural Capital Protocol Project launched
The Natural Capital Coalition has launched a landmark project to develop the Natural Capital Protocol, Sector Guides, and a business-engagement and pilot-testing program. Companies are invited to become Business Engagement Partners to develop and pilot test the Protocol and the sector guides.
New manual for measuring, assessing and analyzing coastal blue carbon
The International Blue Carbon Initiative presents the new manual “Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows”.
This manual will provide scientists and coastal managers with a practical tool to produce robust blue carbon data.
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.
Nagoya Protocol on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge comes into effect
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization of the Convention on Biodiversity entered into force on October 12, providing a mechanism to ensure that access to sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge happen with transparency and equity.
UN issues guidelines to minimize risk of invasive species
The Convention on Biological Diversity adopted new guidance to tackle the introduction of invasive species as pets, aquarium and terrarium species. The guidance addresses a major pathway for introduction and spread, as a significant percentage of global invasive introductions results from pets, aquarium and terrarium species that escape from confined conditions.
Global Footprint Network publishes Living Planet Report 2014
Humanity’s demand on the planet is more than 50 percent larger than what nature can renew, according to Global Footprint Network’s latest data, published in the 2014 edition of the Living Planet Report. The biennial report, produced by WWF in collaboration with Global Footprint Network and the Zoological Society of London, was launched today in Geneva, Switzerland.
Verified Conservation Areas: A Real-Estate Market For Biodiversity?
A power company in Germany can use forest-carbon from Brazil to offset emissions because carbon offsets are standardized units, but an American city that damages the habitat of endangered species in Arizona has no such option – in part because habitat is as varied and localized as land itself. Frank Vorhies says VCAs are part of the solution.
Water Benefit Standard Launches At World Water Week
The Gold Standard Foundation's Water Benefit Standard launches today at World Water Week. The Standard, initiated through an innovative public private partnership, uses the results-based finance approach from the carbon world to generate long-term funding for water projects that also deliver socio-economic benefits.
Cultivating biodiversity: Sorghum example
Climate, environment and competition between species are well-known factors in the genetic evolution of plants. But crop plants are subject to an additional force: human action. A Franco-Kenyan research team has demonstrated this fact for Sorghum and therewith reveals interesting new hints for the conservation of biodiversity, too.
Biodiversity in the balance, how is it maintained?
A new study calls into question the evolutionary stability of an ecological explanation of biodiversity and explores one of the big topics in ecology: How is biodiversity developed and maintained? The outcomes can provide fundamental information for the protection of biodiversity with interesting insights for companies, too.
Over 100 Million Hectares of Intact Forest Area Degraded Since 2000
New analysis and maps released today reveal the alarming speed at which the world’s largest expanses of forest wilderness are being degraded. More than 104 million hectares — an area three times the size of Germany — of the world’s remaining Intact Forest Landscapes were degraded from 2000 to 2013. The new data might help companies to avoid sourcing from intact forests.
CBD Reacts to Recognition of Biodiversity in SDG Proposal
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) announces that biodiversity and ecosystems are included throughout the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and describes the OWG's final outcome as “extremely positive. The agreement sets the stage for better links between the implementation of the CBD's agenda and the post-2015 development agenda.
A new guide to help cement & aggregate sector to better manage biodiversity
In collaboration with the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) and other industry associations in the cement and aggregates sector, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has launched a new guide to encourage companies to responsibly manage biodiversity throughout their operations. The guide is centred on the development of a policy with clear targets that should shape all company actions on biodiversity. It provides an overview of key steps for cement and aggregates companies to take.
Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany
A tiger conservation programme managed by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, has received EUR 20 million from the German government through the KfW Development Bank. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of tigers in the wild and improve the livelihoods of communities living in and close to their habitat.
A SMART Investment to Combat Wildlife Crime
“Disruptive innovation” is not a phrase we normally associate with wildlife law enforcement. For decades anti-poaching operations unfolded as a high-stakes game of hide and seek between poachers and rangers. However, SOS—Save Our Species—a species conservation fund founded by the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank Group, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is helping bring wildlife law enforcement into the 21st century.
The Consumer Study: From Marketing to Mattering
Consumers have been consistently identified by business leaders as the most important stake-holder in guiding their action on sustainability. In this new companion report to the world’s largest CEO study on sustainability to date, 30,000 consumers worldwide give their views on their quality of life, expectations on business and governments, and attitudes towards sustainable brands.
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).
Healthy Seas socks available in Kaufland stores
The European retailer Kaufland will be the first partner to sell Healthy Seas socks. The socks are unique and produced with regenerated yarn made from waste, such as fishing nets also recovered by the Healthy Seas initiative.
GNF and Lake Constance Foundation present 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.
The Global Resource Footprint of Nations
For the first time the total global environmental footprint – encompassing the carbon, water, land and material consumption footprint of various countries – has been compiled using one detailed, consistent and comprehensive global economic-environmental database.
Global Food Waste, Food Standards and Biodiversity – New Study will be presented at the Green Week 2014 in Brussels
Global food waste puts unnecessary pressure on environment and biodiversity. Next to a change in consumer behavior, food industries can improve their processes to decrease the global loss of biodiversity. The GNF and the Lake Constance Foundation (LCF) now present a baseline study on biodiversity in food standards in a side event of the EU Green Week in Brussels on 5 June 2014. Furthermore, the two organisations showcase the impacts of food waste on ecosystems during the Green Week exhibition from 3 – 5 June 2014.
Veolia Germany – New Member of the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative
On 31st March 2014 Veolia Germany joined the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative and signed the "Leadership Declaration" of the enterprise network. The environmental service provider made the announcement during the dialog board "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020", to which the federal ministry of environment in Berlin had invited.
Gold Standard Study Identifies Billions in Environmental and Social Benefits
Economists captured and monetised the environmental and socio-economic net benefits of 109 Gold Standard projects. Using well recognised market and non-market valuation techniques, this assessment has been conservative, calculating value for only those benefits that are monitored, reported and verified within project documentation, and is designed to be iteratively updated as more data becomes available
UEBT launches 6th Biodiversity Barometer on 8 April 2014!
The launch of the 2014 edition of the Barometer will take place during the 'Beauty of Sourcing with Respect' Conference, on 8 April, in Paris, France. Each year 1,000 consumers are surveyed per country, 2014 will bring 7,000 new respondents. The focus countries this time are: Brazil, Germany, France, UK, USA, Colombia (new) and Vietnam (new).
The 2013 Ratings Survey: Polling the Experts
The GlobeScan / SustainAbility Surveys offer a unique, collaborative platform that uses research-driven insights, including targeted surveys of the most influential thought leaders in the sustainability arena from over sixty countries, to explore the biggest sustainability challenges.
Quarry Life Award
The Quarry Life Award aims to raise the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contributes to further enhancing it.
Managing biodiversity on golf courses and in amusement parks – new Fact Sheets available
In addition to the already existing Fact Sheets for the cosmetic and tourism industry, the Global Nature Fund and the Lake Constance Foundation developed four new sector specific Fact Sheets for golf courses, amusement parks, beverage Industries, and food retail. This was done in collaboration with the German association for environmental and sustainability management (Verband für Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement, VNU).
India – Madhya Pradesh implements Biodiversity Act
Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the subcontinent which actively implements the Biodiversity Act 2002. For the first time, charges for a benefit sharing of companies are required, which use local, biological resources.
Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply
This report was produced by the Land and Soils Working Group of the International Resource Panel. It explores how the management of land-based biomass production and consumption can be developed towards a higher degree of sustainability across different scales: from the sustainable management of soils on the field to global land use as a whole.
Let's talk: sustainability report. A new point of view for business leaders
An effective sustainability strategy needs to look at all of the components that can affect your business. The "Let’s talk: sustainability" report helps you demystify the highly complex world of sustainability and assists you in taking concrete actions to identify competitive advantages, increase operational efficiency and mitigate risk.
Global Risk Report 2014
The Global Risks 2014 Report is published by the World Economic Forum. It highlights how global risks are not only interconnected, but also have systemic impacts. To manage global risks effectively and build resilience to their impacts, better efforts are needed to understand, measure and foresee the evolution of interdependencies between risks and supplementing traditional risk-management tools with new concepts designed for uncertain environments.
Investors urge palm oil producers to go beyond RSPO
Green Century Capital Management (a coalition of institutional investors from the US and Europe) sent letters to 40 major palm oil producers, financiers and consumers, urging them to adopt palm oil purchasing policies which go beyond the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standards. They demand a halt to deforestation, development of plantations on peat to protect high carbon stocks and high conservation value lands.
Video: Biodiversity check - Almaa Sintra Hostel
This Video is about the Almaa Sintra Hostel. It is the first hotel unit that performed a Biodiversity Check.The check evaluates how sustainable the hotel deals with biodiversity. Solidarity and sustainability are the cornerstones of this project. The hotel is a prime example of a successful implementation of sustainability strategies.
Latest Eurobarometer: Biodiversity awareness on the rise in Europe
New Flash Eurobarometer survey shows attitudes towards biodiversity in the EU. The awareness of biodiversity increases in Europe, especially Austrians and Germans are street-smart with the whole complex of biodiversity.Beyond this, the survey represents views on why preserving biodiversity is important, and what EU measures and personal measures can be taken to prevent the loss of biodiversity. Europe agrees: the pollution of air and water and man-made disasters threaten biodiversity (96%)
Pitch for nature: why your business should invest in natural capital
A new video that was jointly produced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign and many other organisations shows how natural capital is a material issue for business and why business should invest in natural capital.
New Guidance Will Help Financial Institutions Measure Emissions from Lending and Investment Portfolios
Many financial institutions measure and report their own greenhouse gas emissions, but the real impact is in their value chains. In 2013, only six percent of financial companies in the FTSE Global 500 reported any emissions associated with lending and investment portfolios to CDP. To address this gap, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) have begun developing guidance to help financial intermediaries assess the emissions from their lending and investments portfolios.
Wilmar International accused of ongoing illegal deforestation
In their new report, Greenpeace is accusing Wilmar International, the biggest producer of palm oil, for not doing enough to ensure its supplies do not come from illegally-cleared forests in Indonesia which are home to Sumatran tigers and other wildlife.
Costa Rica establishes Carbon Market
In Costa Rica, president Laura Chinchilla signed a decree on Tuesday morning announcing the first carbon market in the developing world. The market is the latest effort to bring the country toward its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2021.
UN Global Compact Launches Stock Index
The UN Global Compact launched the “Global Compact 100” at 18 September 2013 – a stock index of companies committed to the Global Compact ten principles that shows a total investment return of 26.4 percent during the past year, surpassing the general global stock market.
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: New action on sustainable development
During the event, the UN presented a new business engagement architecture and released the Global Sustainability Report 2013. In addition, the event the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact and the WBCSD affirmed plans for mutual collaboration between the three organizations to support and empower business to take action on sustainable development.
Quarry Life Award launches edition 2014
The Quarry Life Award 2014 launches following the success of the first edition in 2012. The 2nd edition continues to promote projects studying the biological value of mineral extraction sites and ways to further enhance it.
10% of world's largest companies (Global 500) produce 73% of greenhouse gases
Fifty of the 500 largest listed companies in the world are responsible for nearly three quarters of the group’s 3.6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, so finds the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 released today. The carbon emitted by these 50 highest emitting companies, which primarily operate in the energy, materials and utilities sectors, has risen by 1.65% to 2.54 billion metric tons over the past four years. This increase is equivalent to adding more than 8.5 million pickup trucks to the streets, or the supply of electricity to 6 million homes for a year.
EU lawmakers back “intellectual property rights” over biodiversity
On 12 September 2013, the European Parliament has agreed to rules that would prevent EU companies, particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector, from exploiting the natural resources of the world's indigenous communities by recognising their 'intellectual property rights' over local biodiversity. An additional step forward towards the inclusion of indigenous communities and the protection against biopiracy.
Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative: New Charter
The CSBI, a partnership between IPIECA, ICMM and the Equator Principle Association, was created to provide a forum to develop and share good practices for the effective application of the IFC Performance Standard 6 on Biodiversity Conservation and the Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources. It launched in Washington, D.C. on 6 February 2013.
Sustainable Agricultural Initiative: Further Steps to Food Security
The world population is slated to reach nine billion by the year 2050 and with the demands of a growing population comes the need for a sustainable food supply. The August issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) includes an article about the SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative), a global initiative helping food and drink companies achieve sustainable production and sourcing of raw agricultural materials.
Algae biomass for biofuel: Alternative to crop-based transport fuels
Financially supported by the EU, a Spanish water company produced its first crop of algae to establish an alternative process of creating biofuels. As crop based biofuels are a subject to strong criticism from many sides, the search for "greener" renewable fuels continues.
Living on credit - from now on
August 20 is Earth Overshoot Day, the approximate date humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can renew in a year. In just 7 months and 20 days, we have demanded a level of ecological resources and services — from food and raw materials to sequestering carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions — equivalent to what Earth can regenerate for all of 2013. Humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.
REDD+ Finance: Counting the investments
Many governments are supporting initiatives that are aiming to restore and conserve tropical forests under the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plus conservation) banner. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive view of where all the invested money is going or what is done with it.
New Biodiversity Management Case Study: HeidelbergCement AG
HeidelbergCement is the biggest producer of sand-, gravel- and hard rock in the world and one of the leading producers of cement. The resources for these essential nutrients are gained on 700 locations in 838 exploitation zones. These interferences with nature, sometimes extending over several decades in a single quarry, need a careful preparation, a responsible accomplishment and also a thorough post-processing. To HeidelbergCement, a sustainable handling of its resources is therefore of fundamental importance for the business strategy.
Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership - PESE
The Parceria Empresarial pelos Serviços Ecossistêmicos (PESE) - translated into English as the Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership - is a partnership among companies and civil society to demonstrate the business benefits of ecosystem services in Brazil.
CEEweb for Biodiversity
Why is now the right time to enhance cooperation between the non-profit and the for-profit sector in the Visegrad countries?
CEMEX Approach to Biodiversity Conservation
In collaboration with BirdLife International CEMEX, a global leader in the building materials industry, developed a new publication that captures the company's approach to biodiversity conservation. The launch of this publication signals significant progress in the company's ten-year global conservation partnership with Birdlife International, the world's largest civil society partnership for nature. Supported by CEMEX's team in Switzerland, CEMEX and BirdLife have worked together since 2007 to increase the environmental sustainability of CEMEX's operations globally and minimize business risks while creating opportunities for BirdLife Partners to conserve important sites for biodiversity.
National Biodiversity and Business Network launched in South Africa
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Nedbank Limited, Hatch Goba, De Beers, Transnet, Pam Golding Properties and Pick n Pay, is proud to announce the launch of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN).
Water and Biodiversity: International Day of Biological Diversity
This years’ theme for the International Day for Biological Diversity, “Water and Biodiversity”, was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation. Sustainable water management requires cooperation among a wide range of stakeholders, if not all.
Biodiversity, business and burn-out
In February 2013 the organized botanical gardens in the Netherlands were granted 2 million euros by the National Postcode Lottery for promotion of biodiversity in their gardens to the general public. The botanical garden “Hortus Arcadië” in Nijmegen (province of Gelderland, The Netherlands) was taken over in May 2012 by Triple E Knowledge Center in Arnhem which uses it to showcase new ways of funding biodiversity.
Just a Little Bit Less? - How businesses value their environmental costs
Biodiversity and ecosystem services like fresh air or clean fresh water are considered as public goods. Their use or destruction cost nothing to businesses. Therefore, their use does not find its way into corporate balance sheets nor do they appear on company profit and loss statements. Yet pioneers have long been going their own way.
Business and NGO Partnerships - Cooperating beyond stereotypes
“Business and Biodiversity” as a field of action means to work in partnership with private companies, NGOs and governmental organisations to find a common ground between business activities and biodiversity conservation. And while at an international level big companies, governments and institutions realise that the role of partnerships between NGO and enterprises is crucial, none has ideas on how to do it right.
EUROPARC Federation: 40 years Working for Nature
“40 years Working for Nature” is the theme of the EUROPARC Federation´s 40th anniversary in 2013. EUROPARC Federation programmes, such as the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, show that protected areas and businesses can achieve great result when working together to protect biodiversity.
Biodiversity Offsets for Business -
A win-win situation for nature and companies?
Biodiversity offsets such as conservation banking provide an opportunity with great market potential and great potential benefits to nature. In the past, biodiversity offsetting did not play a crucial role for businesses due to the lack of clarity regarding the concept, however, offsets are widely seen as a useful tool for managing the adverse impacts of development activities on biodiversity. Today, more and more companies are using biodiversity offsets which in the future may contribute to international biodiversity markets. But biodiversity offsets will only halt the loss of biodiversity if they are adequately designed, implemented and enforced.
Companies for Biodiversity in the Millingerwaard
The Millingerwaard is the first nature area that offers the unique combination of free entrance for people with the increase of biodiversity. Tourism and ecosystems flourish without negative effects on each other. The Dutch knowledge agency Triple E offers numerous opportunities for companies to engage in nature conservation activities in the Millingerwaard.
Opening of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship 2013
EUROPARC Federation, the umbrella organization of protected areas in Europe, in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S. awards the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to young promising conservationists with practical experience in the field of conservation and in the work of protected areas. With the financial support of 3000 EUR per scholarship, students can undertake a study visit to one or more protected areas in a European country other than their home country. The deadline for applying for the scholarships is April 26th, 2013.
Lufthansa Flies on Shark Skin
Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa uses the phenomenon of the streamlined sharkskin and tests the properties of shark skin in flight at two of its Airbus A340-300 jets. The objective is to investigate how resilient these structures are under the environmental influences encountered during flying operations and whether an economically viable service life can be demonstrated. The idea is to make surfaces more aerodynamic and reduce fuel consumption by about one percent and lower operating costs.
Economically, Sharks Are More Valuable Alive than Dead
The annual slaughter of sharks has left a third of all shark species on the brink of extinction. On the other hand, thousands of tourists have been interested in these mysterious creatures. Some people travel to the most remotes places on earth just to have an encounter with sharks. The shark diving industry has become more popular over the past several years, and this suggests that ecotourism may be a realistic way to protect these animals.
Success: Gas Giant Backtracks on Exploration in UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol has publicly backtracked on plans to expand the notorious Camisea gas project in southeast Peru into one of the most biodiverse places on earth, following a shock exposure this week by The Guardian newspaper and Survival International. The company has released a statement in which it admitted planning what it described as ‘superficial geological studies… for scientific interest,' in Manu National Park, but promising that it had now abandoned these plans.
Why is Biodiversity Important for Business?
Biodiversity may seem to have little relevance to business and the area of supply chain management, but biodiversity has quite a simple connection to business. forum- editor Sven Stöbener speaks with Marion Hammerl, President of the Global Nature Fund, and Dr. Michael Rademacher, Global Manager Biodiversity & Natural Resources at HeidelbergCement, about the impacts of the dramatic loss of ecosystems and species on businesses, tools on how to integrate biodiversity concerns in business models and assessments of companies’ biodiversity-related opportunities and risks.
Asia Pulp & Paper Stops Cutting Down Indonesia’s Rainforests
Asia Pulp and Paper promised to stop chopping down Indonesia’s rainforests, home to the last tigers and endangered orangutans. After more than a decade of Greenpeace pressure against Asia Pulp & Paper, the world’s third largest paper and packaging company announced a forest conservation policy and a commitment to zero deforestation.
Stop Overfishing: MEPs Vote for Ambitious Reform
A major reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which aims to cut fishing to sustainable stock levels, end dumping at sea, and base long-term planning on sound scientific data, was approved by Parliament on February 6, 2013. Overfishing is widely seen as the worst failure of the current CFP, dating from 2002. The new one is to take effect in 2014.
First Belgian National Park Hoge Kempen: The Economical Benefits of Biodiversity
The Hoge Kempen National Park near the city of Maasmechelen is the first National Park in Belgium and is in every aspect - tourism, education, ecology, history and economy – a great success. This park was one of the initiatives to create new jobs after the closure of the coal mines in the Province of Limburg. The knowledge agency Triple E in Arnhem (The Netherlands) developed the so-called FEDS-model (Financial Economic Decision-making Support-model) to show the cash flows which can be related to the nature and landscape of the Hoge Kempen. This model demonstrates the value of biodiversity by analysing the real benefits related to the unique ecosystem.
First Meeting of Biodiversity Platform IPBES
From 21 to 26 January 2013, government representatives and leading experts on biodiversity are coming together for the first official plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, which was founded in Panama City in April 2012. The meeting will aim to agree on the remaining rules of procedures for the meetings of the platform, consider other rules of procedure for the platform, elect Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel members, and agree on the next steps by which the IPBES work programme can become operational as soon as possible.
MEPs: EU Must Act to Combat Biopiracy
The EU must combat the "biopiracy" of multinationals that exploit plants with medicinal properties and traditional remedies originating from developing countries but fail to share the profits with indigenous peoples, say the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a resolution adopted by a show of hands on January 15, 2013.
Will Biodiversity Proponents Embrace Business in 2013?
Last year’s Biodiversity COP once again failed to engage the private sector on any meaningful level, let alone embrace market-based financing mechanisms for addressing habitat loss – largely because the private sector, as the leading destroyer of habitat, is largely seen as the enemy in all this. Failure to engage, however, is not a solution, says Joost Bakker of the Global Nature Fund.
Manifesto for a Resource-Efficient Europe
The European Commission's European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), launched earlier this year by EU Environment Commissioner, Janez Potocnik, has published a ‘Manifesto for a Resource-Efficient Europe’ on 17 December 2012. According to the EC, the manifesto came about in response to ‘growing pressures on resources and the environment', which has given the EU ‘no choice but to go for the transition to a resource-efficient and ultimately regenerative circular economy'.
Top CEOs Concerned about Resource and Energy Costs
According to preliminary results from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Annual CEO Survey, 53% of CEOs are concerned about raw material and energy costs as one of the top threats to their business growth prospects. The results of the PwC survey, which will be released in January 2013, show a 7% increase over corporate leaders' concerns last year about raw material and energy costs.
EU BON „Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network"
EU BON presents an innovative approach towards integration of biodiversity information systems from on-ground to remote sensing data, for addressing policy and information needs in a timely and customized manner. EU BON will provide integration between social networks of science and policy and technological networks of interoperating IT infrastructures, resulting in a new open-access platform for sharing biodiversity data and tools, and greatly advance biodiversity knowledge in Europe.
Recreation Entrepreneurs on the Dutch Isle of Texel Have Chosen for Nature
At a symposium for the hosts of the National Park Dunes of Texel on November 8, 2012 the recreation entrepreneurs have shown clearly how important the National Park is to them. At this first Landscape Auction for Texel, organised by IVN, a Dutch organisation for nature education, in association with Triple E, Texel’s entrepreneurs have ordered generously on a variety of interesting experiences and books which were brought up by auction for the benefit of the recreational infrastructure of the National Park.
Turning the Tide – Natural Capital Accounting Gains Momentum
The rate of extinction of plant and animal species is now as much as 1,000 times higher than before humans, as over-exploitation of resources, deforestation, pollution and climate change continue apace. However, a powerful undercurrent is gathering momentum that could turn the tide in favour of recognising nature as a form of fundamental and irreplaceable capital.
Norway's Pension Fund Vows To Purge Holdings That Drive Deforestation
Billions of dollars flow into conservation every year, but that’s a mere trickle compared to the tsunami of investment flowing into sectors that chew up forests and contaminate rivers. Norway’s Pension Fund says those days will soon be a thing of the past, and this week vowed to incorporate deforestation in its ethical investment policy in order to avoid investments in activities that kill trees.
Governments and Business Must Pick Up Pace on Biodiversity
The results of the recent Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) in Hyderabad, India, suggest that international efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems are bogged down in a tussle over resourcing. Given the cold realities of donor countries' finances, the potential for any large increases is very limited. Governments must spend money on traditional biodiversity conservation and reign-in land conversion, but the fate of the world's biodiversity depends on more than protected spaces. The environmental pressures of human production and consumption on climate change, ocean acidification and the pollution of fresh water mean that even well-protected natural areas are starting to degrade.
Exceptions to the EU Ban on "Shark Finning" Removed
The European Parliament voted 566-47 on 22nd of November 2012 in favour of closing a legal loophole ban finning despite opposition from Spain and Portugal. The resolution forces all boats in EU waters and EU-registered boats around the world to land sharks with their fins attached and prove the animal had not been thrown back.
Recognising the Value of Nature
The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation endorses payments for ecosystem services and business involvement. During a thematic session at the International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon) business and NGO representatives will discuss with experts on how biodiversity conservation can be better integrated into payment models. Register now for the “SusCon”. See Auma Obama, Alain Caparros, EU-Commissioner Janez Potočnik, as well as Prince Charles in the UN city of Bonn.
EU Plan Launched to Protect Seabirds
The European Commission has launched an EU Plan of Action on 16th of November 2012 to address the problem of incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears after a 12 year long campaign by BirdLife Europe. Scientific evidence has shown that high numbers of seabird species including albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, auks, sea ducks and divers are being caught in fishing gear every year. The aim of the Action Plan is to reduce seabird bycatch to the lowest levels practically possible.
The Fauna and Flora International - Rio Tinto Partnership
Rio Tinto and Flora Fauna International (FFI) work in partnership to implement best practice and strive to implement effective mitigation to avoid, minimise, rehabilitate and offset inevitable environmental impacts. This approach builds upon the foundations established by the partnership over the last 10 years and reflects the desire to continually push the boundaries of institutional best practice through pioneering biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods initiatives.
Don’t buy – share: how collaborative consumption opens the door to new business models and a sustainable lifestyle
Buy, use and discard – the classic consumption model where products, and therefore raw materials, are used up in a short time span – is up for renegotiation. Our modern society is increasingly looking for alternative ways to operate and live less resource-intensive lives. Collaborative consumption, such as the collective use of machines, insurance or housing, opens up new opportunities for sustainable lifestyles, and business models that are resource-friendly. On November 27 - 28, SusCon, the big Rio+20 follow-up conference, will examine collaborative models of consumption that are currently in practice throughout Europe.
Launch of TEEB for Business Coalition to Preserve Natural Capital
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business Coalition, which was founded by eight organisations, such as IUCN, Global Reporting Initiative and WBCSD, has officially launched on 6th of November 2012 in Singapore. International leaders from business, government and NGOs join forces to achieve a shift in corporate behaviour to preserve and enhance the earth’s natural capital.
Young Researchers Connect Protected Areas Across Europe
How can young promising conservation students in a world of competing distractions be encouraged to focus their energy and attention on protected areas management in Europe? The EUROPARC Federation has the answer: Through awarding the €3000 Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship grant.
Kentucky Fried Chicken UK Packaging Commitment to Sustainable Sourcing
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) UK/Ireland has committed to take packaging only from suppliers who can demonstrate sustainable forest management throughout their supply chain, after months of pressure from Greenpeace. The company says it is using a supplier database with testing of fibres and surveillance to ensure standards are met. According to KFC, products must also have independent certification, for example from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
One Man Makes a Difference: Northern Ireland Revealing a Groundbreaking Approach
Honoring his long-term comittment, participatory approach and succeHonoring his long-term comittment, participatory approach and success in conservation of protected areas, the EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S. awarded the Alfred-Toepfer Medal 2012 to Dr. Arthur Mitchell of Mourne Heritage Trust.ss in conservation of protected areas, the EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S. awarded the
Alfred-Toepfer Medal 2012 to Dr. Arthur Mitchell of Mourne Heritage Trust.
Marine Conservation e-Atlas Marks a Breakthrough in Sharing Data to Manage the World’s Oceans
The first global inventory of important sites for the conservation of migratory marine species represents a major contribution to marine conservation and will prove to be a vital resource for meeting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) target of protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas by 2020. It will also be crucial to the process of describing ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) and will have significant input into the siting of offshore energy infrastructure.
European Aggregates Industry Promotes Value of Biodiversity
With 24,000 sand and gravel pits and hard rock quarries, the European Aggregates industry has a strong potential to contribute to biodiversity not only after restoration of the extraction sites but also during operations by coordinated aggregates extraction allowing sufficient space to pioneer and cater for species. Being closed for public access, aggregates extraction sites provide protection for plant and animal species for many years.
Responsible Investments rather than “Land Grabbing”
The business of land acquisition is flourishing. In the past decade, investors have bought or leased more than 48 million hectares of land worldwide, though more than one third of these transactions have taken place in African countries. Much of this frantic activity is best described as “Land Grabbing”, i.e. the land is acquired entirely for the exploitation of natural resources for exportation without benefitting the local population. Benevolent investments in land, agriculture and forestry that create new job opportunities and improve infrastructure are now urgently needed in developing countries. At the SusCon conference these topics, along with strategies for responsible investments in land, will be discussed by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Auma Obama to Attend SusCon in Bonn
Prominent visitor to the UN city, Bonn. Dr Auma Obama, sister of the incumbent US President, Barack Obama, will deliver the opening speech of the international sustainability conference SusCon. SusCon, the largest follow-up conference to Rio+20, will take place on November 27-28, 2012 in Bonn, Germany. With the UN World Summit in Rio de Janeiro having yielded few results, the aim of SusCon 2012 is to find practical measures that will bring an actual transition to a “Green Economy”, and therefore move the world economy to an economic system based on sustainability and the conservation of resources. Auma Obama will demonstrate in Bonn the significance of combating poverty for a sustainable economy.
Europe’s Nature Destinations Turn to Sustainable Tourism
Awe-inspiring landscapes, untouched nature, rich heritage and traditional communities: These are just some of the reasons why national parks, nature parks and other designated protected areas are becoming some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. In light of the increasing number of visitors more and more places are turning to a tourism that ensures these fragile assets remain intact and that brings additional benefits to the local population.
Action in Support of Biodiversity Urgently Needed: UN Meeting on Biodiversity Opens in
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as COP 11 for short, follows on the historic outcomes of the 2010 Nagoya biodiversity summit. In Nagoya, governments adopted a new Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, and two new supplementary protocols to the CBD, setting the course for halting biodiversity loss by the end of the current decade.
Saving Gambia’s forests through eco-friendly briquettes & cookstoves
An innovative new project in The Gambia is using groundnut shells, a waste by-product from peanut farming, to produce eco-friendly fuel briquettes that can be used in households, restaurants and industries for cooking and heating – as an alternative to firewood and charcoal. Anthony Tabbal and Lenja Guenther of GreenTech Environmental Solutions, established this private company initiative just over a year ago, which has already been awarded the coveted SEED Award in 2011 for innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurships.
Water, Waste, Chemicals and Biodiversity - The Sustainable Golf Project Benchmark Tool Launched
Sustainability in the global golf sector is something that can no longer be ignored. Partly due to increasing stakeholder pressures from sponsors, golfers and local communities, golf courses and golf events are starting to embrace environmental and social issues. Sustainability is becoming an important driver for the reputation of courses and tournaments alike. The benefits are evident: It helps to attract more sponsors, as a way to increase the efficient use of natural resources and as a tool to accelerate innovation.
International Coastal Cleanup Day Creates a Vision for Trash Free Seas
Ocean trash is one of the most widespread problems threatening our ocean and waterways. Trash in the water can impact human health: sharp items can cut beachgoers, and batteries, car parts and 55-gallon chemical drums may leak toxic compounds. Trash also threatens wildlife. Even the mightiest whale can drown when entangled in old rope or fishing nets, and many fish, birds and animals eat trash they mistake for food. Ocean trash chokes coastal economies as well deterring tourist visits and causing enormous cleanup bills.
Quality label and evaluation of sustainability funds.
Due to the increasing willingness to incorporate additional aspects into investment decisions, sustainable or socially responsible investments (SRIs) have strongly gained in importance especially over the past few years. The concept of SRI has therefore become an integral part of the financial world and plays a major role for various groups of actors. All around the globe, the number and diversity of market participants offering a wide range of SRI products and services are steadily growing.
IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems Gains Speed
From Australia to Patagonia, from coral reefs to rainforests and deserts, the new IUCN Red List of Ecosystems will assess the status of ecosystems worldwide, to identify their risks and the potential impact on both ecosystems and human wellbeing.
Economic Impact of Protected Areas in Europe - How Businesses Can Benefit from the Economic Values of Protected Areas
In Europe, many different tools are used for protecting biodiversity and natural areas, including the Natura 2000 network, the Habitats Directive and the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. To the European business sector, however, the potential economic value of Natural and National parks is little known. More and more companies are looking for ways to contribute to biodiversity protection. The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign and EUROPARC Federation are offering new aspects to the debate how protected areas can be maintained, and how societies can re-connect to the ecological, socio-cultural and economic value of such landscapes. European protected areas can bring measurable direct and flow-on economic benefits to local, regional, state and national economies.
"We use it because it's valuable - we lose it because it's free."
Biodiversity is the living fabric of this planet. Without we are nothing! Pavan Sukhdev, Study Leader of TEEB, explains the huge values nature and its services have to the human economy and that the resource inputs, such as food, fuel and fiber, which businesses get from biodiversity, are often for free. According to Sukhdev businesses need to stop having a free lunch by recognizing, measuring and maintaining ecosystem services.
IUCN and Microsoft Form Unique Partnership to
Tackle Species Extinction
Microsoft and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, jointly announced on the 11th of September 2012 at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea, the formation of a new partnership to further strengthen the information available on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This collaboration sees Microsoft becoming the first corporate member of The IUCN Red List Partnership.
Plastic in the Oyster Shell
The "Plastic Seduction" video that has been posted on YouTube since March 2012 shows a couple indulging in a romantic seafood dinner on the beach. The irony: all kinds of plastic waste is mixed in among the oysters and the shrimp upon which the lovers lasciviously feed.
Paper and cardboard — recovery or disposal? What about "a cardboard bike"?!!!
The communication by the European Commission on the thematic strategy on the prevention and recycling of waste was inspired by a life cycle approach to resources management taking the waste phase as its starting point. The communication argues that in some cases questions arise as to why specific materials are addressed in one waste stream but not in others.
Index Measures Global Health of the Oceans
The ocean touches nearly every aspect of our lives – making it essential to the economic, social, and ecological well-being of everyone, everywhere. But how do we measure the health of the ocean? The Ocean Health Index is a new, comprehensive measure of the ocean’s overall condition – one that treats people and nature as integrated parts of a healthy system.
Mangrove Conservation is 'Economic' CO2 Fix
Protecting mangroves to lock carbon away in trees may be an economic way to curb climate change, research suggests. Carbon credit schemes already exist for rainforests; the new work suggests mangroves could be included too. But other researchers say the economics depend on the global carbon price.
Investing in Biodiversity: yourSRI and the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign Cooperate to Integrate Biodiversity in Investment Decisions
The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) and yourSRI, one of the leading online databases in the world of sustainable investments, have entered into a partnership to show the private sector the importance of biodiversity and to motivate companies to support the protection and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The cooperation aims to highlight how companies can integrate their impacts and dependences on biodiversity and ecosystem services in investment decisions to counteract the loss of biodiversity and to safeguard their operations and develop new areas of business.
"We need to tax the Bad more and reward the Good!"
99 seconds for the future of biodiversity: Georg Kell, Executive Director UN Global Compact, explains what holds companies back from being more proactive in biodiversity. According to Kell, a main reason is that incentives for good company performance in environmental stewardship are not yet strong enough.
China Shows Support for Valuing Ecosystem Services
The Chinese government has signalled its support for a future national study on the value of the country's ecosystems and biodiversity. China voiced its support for integrating key elements of TEEB in the country's environmental management strategies during a forum entitled 'TEEB: Towards a National Process', held on the sidelines of the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on July 20, 2012.
Gavin Neath (Unilever): 99 seconds for the future of biodiversity
“Unilever has a large footprint in global agriculture (…) From a Unilever perspective and indeed from a personal perspective the drive to minimise our impact on biodiversity comes from our commodity sourcing of forest sensitive crops.” - Gavin Neath, Senior Vice president Sustainability, Unilever.
Growing Threats to Biodiversity ‘Arks’
Many of the protected areas in tropical nations are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study by more than 200 scientists from around the world. The study, which will appear Thursday in the journal Nature, found that deforestation is advancing rapidly in these nations and most reserves are losing some or all of their surrounding forest. - By Alison Hewitt
Brazilian Business and Biodiversity Initiative is launched during Rio + 20
Following the context of the Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity launch and motivated by the work developed by initiatives that have managed to promote an interaction with the private sector and the international agenda on biodiversity in different countries, the Brazilian Council of Sustainable Development (CEBDS), The Confederation of Industries – Brazil (CNI) and the Business Movement for Biodiversity in Brazil (MEBB), supported by LIFE Institute, have founded the Brazilian Initiative on Business and Biodiversity.
Lara Yacob (Robeco): 99 seconds for the future of biodiversity
"As investors we are increasingly concerned that our investee companies are aware of the biodiversity risks, the opportunities and how they manage it." -- Lara Yacob points out the importance of biodiversity for good business in "99 seconds for the future".
David Steuerman (CBD): 99 seconds for the future of biodiversity
„There are many risks and opportunities associated with biodiversity.” David Steuerman from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) secretariat explains the business case for biodiversity. The Convention on Biological Diversity aims at protecting biodiversity, using it in a sustainable way and fairly sharing the access to biodiversity and the benefits arising from it.
Wine & Biodiversity
In South Africa wine producers and biodiversity conservationist have created a successful pioneering partnership: the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI). South Africa is the world's eighth largest producer of wine and nearly 95 % of the country’s wine-growing takes place in the Cape Floral Kingdom, a global biodiversity hotspot and a World Heritage site. But the species richness is increasingly being threatened by farming, urban development and invasive species.
A Green Entrepreneurship Is Being Developed in Spain
The emprendeverde network is an initiative of Fundación Biodiversidad to encourage the creation and consolidation of new business or activities related to environment to drive the business investment into economically sustainable activities.
Spanish Association for Private Foundations of Conservation Founded
Fundación Global Nature, a partner organisation of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign, is one of fifteen conservation organisations which have founded the Spanish Association for Private Foundations of Conservation (Asociación de Fundaciones Privadas de Conservación de la Naturaleza - AFN). The creation of this association responds to the need to establish a network to share experiences. With the help of this association member NGOs have a unified representation to propose important biodiversity projects to the spanish government.
Let the Jordan River flow!
A Regional Approach to the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River
As one of only a few transboundary organisations working on environmental peacemaking today, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)’s approach and experience in water resource management in conflict and post-conflict situations can serve as a model for both top-down and bottom-up efforts. One of FoEME’s central areas of activity, the rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River, illustrates key strategies by which water projects can facilitate transboundary cooperation.
Watch Football and Do Good!
In the light of the global water crisis, Hannover 96, the German Premier Football League club, the team sponsor TUI AG, as well as the fan association, Rote Kurve, in collaboration with the non-profit foundation Global Nature Fund (GNF) initiated the Drinking Water for Africa Campaign. Having started in 2009, this amazing CSR action is now in its third season helping to generate project funds and raise awareness among football fans about global water challenges!
Biodiversity in Rain Coats
"Biodiversity in Raincoats” is the title of the story in the RIO+20 Business News about the outdoor producer VAUDE, corporate partner and advocate of the European Business and Biodiversity.
PepsiCo, Walmart Join Ecosystem Services Initiative in Brazil
The Parceria Empresarial pelos Serviços Ecossistêmicos (PESE), or Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership, represents an effort by companies and non-governmental organizations to demonstrate how biodiversity and ecosystem services can enhance corporate performance in Brazil. The partnership aims to drive new business solutions to ecosystem degradation largely through local application of the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR), an assessment methodology developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) in cooperation with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Meridian Institute. By applying the ESR, corporate partners will develop strategies to better compete and succeed in a world that is pushing against natural limits.
Rio – Let’s Do Our Best! The Emotions regarding the UN Conference Are Reaching a Peak
A city that usually makes the hearts of samba and Carnival friends beat faster has in the past weeks and months accelerated the pulse rate of those who care about the issues of sustainability and the future of our planet. The world has its eyes on Rio, or rather the UN Conference Rio+20, because it is expecting decisive signs of and actions to fight against hunger, injustice, climate change, loss of biodiversity and global environmental pollution.
New European Resource Efficiency Platform
On the World Environment Day, 5 June 2012, the Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik launched the European Resource Efficiency Platform in order to provide high-level guidance and advice on policy measures designed to transform the European economy towards a more sustainable growth path.
Construction Company Puts Biodiversity on its Agenda
Wildfowl and birds have a new haven on the site of a former sand and gravel quarry in North Yorkshire, thanks to a wetland restoration project by Lafarge. The mineral extraction company transforms old quarry sites to give a new home to indigenous flora and fauna.
Why Food Manufacturers Should Take Biodiversity Seriously
Why should the number of other species on the planet be an issue for food manufacturers? After all, the fossil record tells us that there have been five previous waves of mass extinction, including the dinosaurs – and if it wasn’t for these wipe-outs, we might never have evolved! So why worry now, if a few birds and insects are going the same way…?
ForestFinance: Biodiversity goes Business
ForestFinance is building forests – and by doing so, the German forest investment provider also creates with its high-quality forest projects in Central and South America and Asia new living space for many plants and animals. ForestFinance editor Kristin Steffan puts some of the most important aspects of the exciting topic “biodiversity goes business” in a nutshell, showing how forest projects can have a sustainably positive effect on biodiversity.
Responsibility Begins at Your Own Front Door
Daimler AG carried out a Biodiversity Check in the framework of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign in 2011 at the Sindelfingen plant. In doing so, it recognised the economic importance of intact ecosystems and has set the course towards an environmentally friendly business practice. Having carried out the Check, Daimler provides an example of how businesses can examine its business processes and value chains in relation to biodiversity.
The Inclusion of Biodiversity in Voluntary Performance Standards for Business
Voluntary performance standards offer a means for companies to adopt sustainable practices, conveying benefits to the environment, society and indeed to their own business, but how well are they protecting biodiversity? A recent study by UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) reviewed the biodiversity related criteria within a number of business standards to find out.
Saving the Planet can be an Adventure!
Burning oil in order to move forward? What a shame! Simply throwing plastic away? Also a shame! David de Rothschild is using his plastic bottle boat, Plastiki, to draw attention to ecological issues. Here follows an interview with the future maker.
Business for Nature - Bridging the Gap between Ecology and Economy
The new edition of forum CSR international has just appeared and looks into a new era of opportunity, growth and sustainable development. Varied articles about sustainable developments in the areas of Water, Forests and Business & Biodiversity provide examples of successful partnerships between NGOs and businesses for a water-secure world, necessary tools to help businesses become more sustainable, such as standards for forest carbon projects, and businesses that have engaged in biodiversity protection and improved their bottom line. You can order the forum CSR International here
Puma Parent PPR To Expand Groundbreaking Environmental Accounting to All Brands
French apparel company PPR announced it will expand the trailblazing environmental accounting process it performed for its Puma brand across its entire group of brands, which includes Gucci, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent. Puma’s Environmental Profit & Loss Account (E P&L), completed last year, was a first-of-its-kind attempt to monetize the value of ecosystem services used across a company’s entire supply chain. Puma found that cost to be EUR 145 million for the year 2010.
Contributing to the Health of the World's Oceans
Many companies can benefit from MSC's ecolabel, says Marnie Bammert, Marine Stewardship Council. forum-editor Sven Stöbener speaks with her about the health of the world's oceans, three overarching principles to which every fishery must adhere and positive global environmental change that MSC has helped to facilitate.
Green Week 2012: “The Water Challenge – Every Drop Counts”
The 12th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, is takíng place from 22 to 25 May 2012 in Brussels. This year's edition of Green Week is dedicated to water, and will see some 3000 participants gather for three days to discuss water-related issues. EBBC partner forum CSR international is media partner of Europe's largest annual environment conference.
WWF Living Planet Report 2012: The Ecological Footprint Grows
The report claims that humanity's "pressure" on nature to supply its needs would require 1.5 planets in order for Earth's "biocapacity" to recover each year. If that continues, mankind by 2030 would need two planets and by 2050 almost three. This and other startling findings were revealed on 14th of May 2012 with the release of World Wildlife Fund's 2012 Living Planet Report.
Map of Life Goes live - Online Mapping Tool Streamlines Global Species Distributions
Map of Life — an interactive resource for global biodiversity analysis — launched on 10th of May 2012, promising a new era in the visualization of species distributions. The biodiversity database has a novel capability — a web-mapping tool that integrates disparate data types, from single-occurrence records in museum collections to expert-derived ranges found in field guides.
TUI AG Wins German CSR Award for its Commitment to Protecting Biological Diversity
At the 8th German Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Forum, the German tour operator TUI AG was presented the CSR award in the category of ”Biodiversity Management for Maintaining Global Biological Diversity“. The German CSR award is presented to companies for their outstanding performance in various fields of social responsibility and sustainable business.
Making Biodiversity Material for Investors
One of the sessions at the 1st European Biodiversity Summit on 18 April 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany, focused on the Opportunities for Biodiversity Financing. The session highlighted new developments in financing biodiversity conservation through tapping private capital sources and showed the status quo of markets for biodiversity.
World Governments Establish Biodiversity Panel
Governments from more than 90 countries have agreed to establish an independent panel of scientists to assess the very latest research on the state of the planet's fragile ecosystems. The decision, which will create a body akin to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was made in Panama City on the 22nd of April 2012, after years of negotiations.
SusCon Conference and B4E Summit join forces to create a roadmap to Rio+20 and back. Following the disappointing results of the Copenhagen and Durban conferences, all eyes are now on Rio with its historical background. Big emphasis will be needed on setting the agendas right - not only before but also after Rio. The partnership of two leading international summits will now be a major step in the right direction.
Eskom with an Innovative Approach to Biodiversity Stewardship
The Eskom ‘Ingula Pumped Storage Project’ is setting an example of how landowners can make use of the Biodiversity Stewardship process as a cost effective conservation mechanism. Through this project a protected biodiversity area and production are being expanded simultaneously – without either being compromised.
The Global Nature Fund Wants Businesses to Take Biodiversity More Seriously
At the European Biodiversity Summit that was held in Stuttgart from April 17th to 18th 2012, the environmental foundation, Global Nature Fund, introduced methods and instruments that help businesses measure and appraise their impacts on biodiversity. As of yet, only a few businesses document efforts to protect biological diversity in sustainability reports. According to the Global Nature Fund, therefore, there needs to be a stronger implementation in business practice, since this would constitute a benefit for nature, as well as for companies.
SusCon 2012 Receives Widespread Support
Preparation of SusCon – the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption – makes fantastic progress. True to their motto “Cooperation is the future of sustainable business”, the SusCon organizing team reports that there is an expanding network of supporting organizations, each of them a trend-setter in the development of a greener economy.
UN Develops Indicator to Include Natural Capital in GDP
Businesses that exclude the natural capital from their balance sheet give an incomplete picture of their finances, especially on the long-term. During the "Planet under Pressure" conference last week in London, the “Inclusive Wealth Indicator” was produced. Although this indicator is meant to complement the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) indicator, it also shows that companies are eroding the natural capital they depend on.
UN’s Offsetting Project Barro Blanco Hampers Panama Peace-Talks
The heavily contested hydro power project Barro Blanco, approved under the UN offsetting scheme, continues to impede ongoing peace talks between the Panamanian government and the indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé people over a law banning mining and hydroelectric projects in indigenous territories. Environmental groups around the world call for a withdrawal of the concession for Barro Blanco and a suspension from the carbon offsetting scheme. They also call on banks and companies to immediately freeze their support to the project.
The LIFE Programme Celebrates its 20th birthday
Many environmental and nature conservation projects would not have been possible without the financial support of the EU LIFE programme. The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign is also being supported by the LIFE+ programme. We wish LIFE a happy birthday!
Why is biodiversity important for your business?
Using a business case model the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign explains how companies benefit from biodiversity and how they can contribute to the protection of species and ecosystems.
Global “Green Economy” in Need of Sustainable Economic Models
SusCon – the International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption – will be taking place on November 27-28, 2012 in World Conference Center Bonn, the same year as the Rio+20 Conference. The central focal point of this business conference will be the same core issues to be discussed at the UN Earth Summit in Brazil, i.e. the development of a “greener” economy. SusCon 2012 will deal with the outcomes of Agenda 21 and will provide the opportunity to discuss practical approaches to achieving solutions.
Three New Standards Aim to Promote Biodiversity Conservation
Biodiversity is notoriously difficult to measure, which makes it difficult to conserve. Ecosystem Marketplace presents three complementary standards which aim to change that by providing guidance for practices from offsetting to sustainable land use to managing protected areas and their surroundings.
Consultation on a dedicated legislative instrument on invasive alien species
The Commission is preparing a dedicated legislative instrument on Invasive Alien Species. In preparation of this instrument the Commission is now seeking views on the more specific choices to be made when establishing this instrument. The EU Commission welcomes contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.
Lake Titicaca is the “Threatened Lake of the Year 2012“
Appearances are deceiving. The breathtaking scenery of the second largest lake in South America can no longer hide the severe environmental impact untreated sewage, mining, and chemicals from agriculture have had. Polluted lake shores and a carpet of Duckweed clearly show the effects of inadequate water management.
Two Dutch Companies Perform Biodiversity Checks to Reduce Their Impacts on Environment
The Trappist brewery Koningshoeven and Noldus Information Technology perform the first European Business & Biodiversity Campaign Biodiversity Check in the Netherlands to reduce their ecological footprint and their impacts on biodiversity. The discharging of water and compensation of CO2-emissions are Dutch companies’ main drivers of their participation in biodiversity protection.
The biodiversity crisis: Worse than climate change
Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The challenges of conserving the world’s species are perhaps even larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change. Dealing with the biodiversity crisis requires political will and needs to be based on a solid scientific knowledge if we are to ensure a safe future for the planet. This is the main conclusion from scientists from University of Copenhagen, after 100 researchers and policy experts from EU countries were gathered this week at the University of Copenhagen to discuss how to organise the future UN Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES - an equivalent to the UN panel on climate change (IPCC).
Leaders for Nature: The Success Story of a Leading Business & Biodiversity Network
In 2006 the Dutch sustainability landscape changed as the business sector took the lead. That year 90 business leaders including many captains of industry signed a letter to the Dutch government asking for more focus on nature in sustainability policy. This sparked an entirely new dialogue on biodiversity and ecosystems between government, NGOs and the private sector. IUCN NL’s Leaders for Nature was born.
Wind of Change - Model of Best Practice to Connect Wind Energy with Biodiversity and Communities
With the European Union’s ambitious 2020 and 2050 targets propelling the need for the increased deployment of renewable energy production, conflict often arises between the global drive for development and the increasing awareness of local communities of environmental concerns. The project GP WIND represents a model for the wider development and dissemination of good practice. The lessons from the project will be of particular importance to the European Union as it takes forward its ambitious proposals for energy infrastructure.
Capuchinos' Habitats To Be Protected in Urugay
UPM Forestal Oriental has launched a project in Uruguay to further the conservation of habitats suitable for grassland birds belonging to the genus Sporophila. The project is part of UPM's Global Biodiversity Programme. The objective of the project is to promote the conservation of a number of endangered grassland birds through the proper management of natural grasslands. With this project, the expectation is to increase not only Capuchinos populations, but also the general biodiversity of the grasslands ecosystem.
ArBolivia" — new afforestation project in Bolivia supports biodiversity
After successfully managing two afforestation projects in Panama, ForestFinance has now started a third project in South America: "ArBoliva". The project, which exists since 2007, is an initiative of Bolivian smallholder farmer benefiting the local population, biodiversity and climate.
Dramatic Loss of Grasslands - Decline in Species of Animals and Plants
In many European regions, grassland area is declining due to conversion to arable land or abandonment of farming. This development is caused by several drivers such as market developments for agricultural commodities, the “boom” of energy plants, structural changes in livestock farming and changing conditions of the political framework.
Biodiversity goals deleted from CAP
A call for specific biodiversity goals to be integrated into the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was abandoned at the insistence of Germany during a meeting of environment ministers in Brussels on Monday (19 December).
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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.
Mediterranean Wetlands – Economic Value
The most recent study on the Economic Value of Wetlands has been published by the French Government, through their Sustainable Development Comission (CGDD, Commissariat général au développement durable – Service de l'économie, de l'évaluation et de l'intégration du développement durable). Researchers conducted a study on the economic value of services provided by wetlands in the Regional Natural Park of Cotentin and Bessin.
EMAS - Assessing Impacts on Biodiversity
The various initiatives undertaken during 2010 in the International Year of Biodiversity as well as the new Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Regulation in relation to key indicators, we face to new challenges for how to assess the impact on the biodiversity of our activities, products and services. The EMAS Workshop on the 29th November 2011 in Barcelona will discuss the impact of business on biodiversity as well as actions and initiatives to integrate biodiversity into management systems.
Grid operators and environmental organisations team up to promote sustainable modernisation of electricity grids
The unlocking of Europe's full potential for renewable energy via the modernisation and expansion of its power grids should go hand-in-hand with nature conservation efforts, said a coalition  of Europe's largest grid operators and environmental organisations. The “European Grid Declaration on Electricity Network Development and Nature Conservation in Europe” was handed to European Commissioner for Energy Günther H. Oettinger today at the European Grid Conference in Brussels.
Japan Airlines introduces United Nations Decade on Biodiversity logo on special “Eco Jet”
To symbolize its passion for living life in harmony with nature and to help raise biodiversity awareness, Japan Airlines (JAL) on 12 October 2012 announced at a press conference in Tokyo’s Haneda Airport that it has added the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) logo to its JAL Eco Jet “Nature”, a Boeing 777-200 scheduled to fly domestic routes, to convey the importance of protecting Japan’s natural beauty through various environmental activities.
Planting trees does not always benefit biodiversity
The best way to achieve Aichi Target 5 – i. e. to halve the rate of loss of all natural habitats including forests until 2020 – and to fight climate change certainly is to stop the destruction of the rainforests and to reforest fallow land at the same time. However, as ForestFinance makes clear, simply planting trees is not enough.
Towards a resource-efficient economy - EU launches new roadmap
The natural resource allowance for the year 2011 has been used up according to calculations of the Global Footprint Network. “Earth Overshoot Day” shows that the worldwide ecological footprint surpasses Earth’s biocapacity as of 27 September 2011. The rest of the year, we are accumulating debt by depleting our natural capital and letting waste accumulate.
Ecosystem Marketplace Documents $3 Billion Biodiversity Market in 2010
With species disappearing faster than at any time in modern history and public coffers running on empty, more and more governments are turning to market-like mechanisms to address the economic drivers of biodiversity loss. In the past year alone, biodiversity offsets and compensation mechanisms worldwide totaled an estimated US$3 billion – seven times the size of the global voluntary carbon market – according to Ecosystem Marketplace's new "2011 Update: State of Biodiversity Markets" report, praised by Dr. Jonathan Ekstrom, Director of the Biodiversity Consultancy as "a must read for offsetters and bankers, government policy makers, private developers and conservationists alike."
Association of the German Sport Goods Industry collaborates with European B&B Campaign
The Association of the German Sport Goods Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie e.V., BSI) signed with the Global Nature Fund, the international foundation for the protection of environment and nature, a cooperation agreement as part of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC). Goal of the agreement is to sensitise companies in the sport goods industry about the importance of biological diversity and its role as the natural capital of the economy.
Cooperation between HeidelbergCement and BirdLife International: jointly preserving biological diversity
On 16 September 2011, HeidelbergCement and the internationally recognised nature conservation organisation BirdLife International have signed a co-operation agreement. The primary goal of this partnership is to further improve the protection of biodiversity at quarrying sites. As early as 2009, the group was the first company in the international building materials industry to issue a binding guideline on biodiversity management.
Volkswagen: “Tour de Wolf” in partnership with NABU
As part of its wildlife protection project in collaboration with Volkswagen, Germany’s NABU (BirldLife Germany), has launched a “Tour de Wolf” across the country’s zoos and wildlife parks: an interactive learning experience on wheels that aims to counter hoary old legends with hard facts and throw a more positive light on the Big Bad Wolf.
Saraya’s challenge for the Borneo Elephant
By supporting the Borneo Conservation Trust, the Japanese company Saraya helps to establish and maintain a green corridor along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah Borneo.
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).
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Biodiversity Critical for Maintaining Multiple Ecosystem Services
As biodiversity declines worldwide, there is concern that this will lead to declines in the services that ecosystems provide for people, such as food production, carbon storage, and water purification. But until now it has been unclear, whether just a few or in fact a large number of the species in an ecosystem are needed to provide ecosystem services. By combining data from 17 of the largest and longest-running biodiversity experiments, scientists from universities across North America and Europe have found that previous studies have underestimated the importance of biodiversity for maintaining multiple ecosystem services across many years and places.
Pharmaceutical companies face biodiversity risk
The world’s leading pharmaceutical companies are exposed to risks from their reliance and impact on biodiversity, says a new study launched today. The study by KPMG and the Natural Value Initiative (NVI), titled Biodiversity and ecosystem services: Risk and opportunity analysis within the pharmaceutical sector, reveals the potential business risks facing the pharmaceutical industry from its reliance and impact on natural resources.
Shell, BP Join World Ocean Council
Oil and gas industry majors BP and Shell have joined the growing number of leading companies from a range of ocean industries that are distinguishing themselves as members of the World Ocean Council (WOC) - the business leadership alliance on Corporate Ocean Responsibility.
Member states endorse new EU Biodiversity strategy calling for CAP and CFP reform
BirdLife Europe welcomed today the Council of Ministers’ endorsement of the EU Biodiversity strategy and its six targets towards reversing the decline of biodiversity and ecosystems by 2020. The NGO now calls on Member states to follow on their new commitment by reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and allocate sufficient finding for biodiversity in the new EU budget.
Global Business and Biodiversity Platform Launched
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) launched its global Business & Biodiversity Platform this month. Now in its first phase, the platform will be further developed untill the start of the second phase, 15 December 2011. Among other things, the platform presents the different national and regional initiatives, such as the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign.
IUCN and Shell: Guiding the Way
IUCN has had an influential impact on the way Shell views and manages conservation challenges across 90 countries. That was one of the messages to emerge from a recent meeting that took place between Shell and the IUCN Council (the organisation's governing body).
UPM Awarded by Storebrand for Leading Performance on Sustainable Development
The Norwegian Storebrand group has awarded UPM, member of the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative, with the Best in Class status for prominent environmental, social and governance performance. Storebrand Group is a leading player in the Nordic markets for pensions, life and health insurance, banking and asset management.
UPM Applies for FSC Certification for its own Forests in Finland
UPM, member of the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative, applies for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification for its forests in Finland. At the same time UPM also extends its forest service portfolio to cover FSC-certification services to Finnish forest owners. UPM's forests and most of the privately owned forests in Finland are already certified under PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes).
Ramping up investor attention towards mining and biodiversity
Conservation organisation Fauna & Flora International works to demonstrate the case for mining companies to manage their biodiversity risks via the organisation’s partnership with Anglo American and an upcoming report from the Natural Value Initiative.
UEBT launches Biodiversity in Food Awards 2011
The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) has announced the second round of the Biodiversity in Food Awards, held in partnership with the Food Ingredients Europe (FI Europe) tradeshow organised by UBM (United Business Media).
Green Economy Evolution - Biodiversity is explicitly linked to resource efficiency at Green Week 2011 in Brussels
Between 24-27 May 2011, the annual Green Week took place in Brussels. During 38 sessions participants discussed the environmental aspects of resource efficiency. Resources such as fresh water, timber, soil or clean air are ecosystem services which are of great importance to mankind as well as business. Therefore, although biodiversity was often only implicitly mentioned, it made the topic of this year’s conference highly relevant for biodiversity. The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign tried to underline this importance at this major event.
Assessing Corporate Impacts on the Environment and Biodiversity
More and more companies are becoming EMAS or ISO 14.001 certified: companies becoming sustainable is not just a question of ensuring their good reputation, but is also intimately intertwined with strategic corporate processes. However, when it comes to the responsibility of companies for biodiversity, most companies lose their bearings. As part of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign, the first ten companies performed a Biodiversity Check and in doing so, received practical support to manage biodiversity. The participants play a leading role in their respective sectors like TUI in the travel sector, VAUDE in the outdoor equipment sector or the airport manager Fraport.
Biodiversity Awareness Keeps Rising among Consumers and Business
The Union of Ethical Biotrade launched its 2011 edition of the UEBT Biodiversity Barometer on May 5th. Biodiversity awareness has risen again among consumers and business, according to the latest edition of the UEBT Biodiversity Barometer launched in Paris today. When asked if they had heard about biodiversity, an average of 65% of the people interviewed in the USA, France, Germany and the UK said they had heard about biodiversity in February 2011, up from 56% in February 2009. In the same period, 27% of the world's top 100 beauty companies mentioned biodiversity in their reporting, up from 13% in 2009.
The New Frontier – Towards a Collaborative Effort by Financial Institutions to
Integrate Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into Business
An increasing number of financial institutions (FIs) are realising the growing materiality of environmental risks and opportunities. Increasingly, members of the finance community are also responding to this increased recognition for natural capital, and the pressing need to understand systemic risk in a far more holistic way. 35 institutions - including banks, investors, rating agencies and NGOs - came together at Hypovereinsbank (Munich) on 4 April 2011 to discuss the current recognition and understanding of natural capital in the finance sector, as well as the rationale behind developing a statement to further embed biodiversity and ecosystem services in the finance sector.
Publication "Investing in Forest Carbon Projects" Released
The Tropical Forest Foundation OroVerde and the Global Nature Fund have published materials in the much-discussed topic of forests and climate change mitigation. The publication is funded by the German Federal Environment Agency and the German Ministry for the Environment.
EBBC in the EMAS Newsletter
The first EMAS Newsletter of 2011 is now available online and contains an article on the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign.
How does PUMA value bats?
Corporate ecosystem valuation draws increasing attention from businesses and support from an EU Campaign
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
PUMA Sets New Standards in Sustainability and Business Practice
PUMA has applied a groundbreaking methodological approach to measuring and costing their use of ecosystems and their ecological footprint. This is the initial step to measuring the full economic impact on ecosystem services by PUMA and its supply chain and the delivery of the first-ever Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account statement.
New Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation to be launched on Friday 8 April 12:00 CET
In April 2011, WBCSD will release the Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV), which is the first of its kind, catering directly for the needs of business. It was developed through an 18-month process of close collaboration with businesses themselves – fourteen members road tested the Guide (see right-hand column), working with four partners: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Resources Institute (WRI), ERM (the main author of the Guide) and PwC.
Ecosystem Marketplace's SpeciesBanking.com Now Covering Global $2 Billion Market
The carbon market has been big news over the last few years, while the equally important issue of conserving biodiversity through similar methods has languished in obscurity. At the same time, cash-strapped governments around the world have been experimenting with innovative financing mechanisms for conserving nature that tap private development to preserve valuable habitat as economies grow. For such programs to work, however, they must be transparent and well-understood.
Green-Trend Conquers Outdoor-Branch
As the first business of the industry, the German manufacturer of outdoor products has successfully carried out the Biodiversity-Check of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign. The level of existing comprehensive criteria for environmentally friendly products will be further developed. VAUDE sets, once again, the standards for the European outdoor industry.
Biological Diversity and Environmental Management
“Biodiversity? Finally a theme that does not concern us” is often the first reaction of company representatives when they are addressed by the Business and Biodiversity Campaign. But, after a closer look it becomes clear companies are in many ways connected to biodiversity and therefore have many opportunities to conserve biological diversity.
Green Christmas lectures
On Wednesday, December 22 the Second Green Christmas Lecture was organized by Triple E in Arnhem. The theme was Biomassiveness. Three speakers took the floor to express their views on the subject of Biomassiveness.
Water Risks for Business Still Underestimated
By 2030, the water demand will surpass today’s capacity by 40 percent. This means not only a huge quest for our whole society, but also an existential threat for companies. Entrepreneurs can no longer ignore the decline of natural resources. The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon) on 28/29 June 2011 in Nuremberg, the leading conference in the sustainability sector, will highlight the risks of this key water shortage issue affecting our future. The conference aims to sensitise companies and develop specific sustainable solutions.
Forests Climb UN agenda
Declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations General Assembly, 2011 is the year when the world celebrates people’s role in the management and conservation of forests. The aim of “Forests 2011” is also to raise awareness about the multiple benefits of healthy forests for people and nature.
Raise the Value of Forests, Says IUCN
A better evaluation of what forests are worth will generate direct benefits for poor forest dwellers, open up new markets and affect global economic growth. The economic benefits of forests are massively under-valued by governments and donor agencies, according to IUCN’s latest report.
European Protected Area Network Enlarged
The network of protected areas of the EU - Natura 2000 - has been enlarged, with the latest additions including 739 new sites covering nearly 27000 square kilometres.
Dow, Nature Conservancy Form $10m Partnership
Dow Chemical and its foundation are committing $10 million over five years to a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, to evaluate Dow’s environmental impacts. The chemical company and environmental non-profit will apply scientific knowledge to examine how Dow’s operations affect nature and how to factor the role of nature into global business decisions.
Preserving our Natural Capital: Ecosystems and Biodiversity
FEE (Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens – Federation of European Accountants) wishes to share its strategy on sustainability in the form of a series of policy statements on sustainability and the accountancy profession. FEE acknowledges that the urgent nature of the challenge of sustainability is becoming widely recognised. At the level of the organisation, accountants whether in business, the public sector or within the world of professional practice must rise to the challenge of sustainability which touches on many areas of traditional competencies.
EU-Guidelines to Reconcile Wind Energy Development and Biodiversity Policy
While in general terms wind energy does not represent a threat to wildlife, poorly sited or designed wind farms can have a negative impact on vulnerable species and habitats. That's why the European Commission has published in October 2010 guidelines for wind energy development in protected natural areas. The guidelines apply to the Natura 2000 network, a cornerstone of EU biodiversity policy and a key tool to achieve the EU target of halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2020.
Germanwatch and Bread for the World published a new shortfilm to show that world hunger is aggravated by climate change. "Climate Dish" is the second film directed by Peter Wedel which highlights the impacts of climate change on food security.
Post Nagoya Symposium - Biodiversity as Chance: Path to the Future
On Wednesday November 17th the Initiative ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ hosted together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) the symposium Biodiversity as Chance: A Path to the Future. During the symposium, the results of the tenth conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that took place in Japan this October were discussed. Many businesses that have already begun to incorporate biodiversity into management considerations presented their case studies.
Vibrant Marketplace Biodiversity Creates Vast Matches
About 400 participants show that working on biodiversity starts with working together. The central hall of the provincial government building in 's-Hertogenbosch was Wednesday November 17 turned into a bustling Marketplace for Biodiversity. Nearly 400 participants were introduced to over 50 initiatives which demonstrate that what biodiversity solutions can provide for many social issues. Among the participants were created many matches, agreements for future cooperation.
Preserving Biodiversity Is Vital
The Dutch economy is heavily dependent on protecting ecosystems in the tropics. Although biodiversity is an abstract concept for many more associated with pandas and polar bears than with economic policy, the preservation of biodiversity has direct relevance for the Dutch economy, reports Bertus Tulleners, Partner at Symbeyond, a consulting company for sustainable development.
The A-Z of Areas of Biodiversity Importance
UNEP-WCMC launches new website on important biodiversity conservation areas. The A to Z is an online resource to provide clear, concise and relevant information on over 30 important areas for biodiversity conservation ranging from World Heritage Sites to Key Biodiversity Areas.
The UN-Biodiversity Conference in Nagoya
From 18 to 29 October 2010, the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held; 193 countries discussed the conservation of nature, its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
ISO 26000 takes Ecosystems into Account
1 November 2010, the ISO 26000 standard on Social Responsibility was published. It describes the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and serves as a guide on social responsibility for the corporate sector.
Outcomes of the UN-Biodiversity Conference in Nagoya
From 18 to 29 October 2010, the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held; 193 countries discussed the conservation of nature, its sustainable use and the equitable sharing of its benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
CSR Europe Enterprise 2020 Market Place Event Review
Most companies that do not depend directly on ecosystem services do not integrate environmental concerns systematically in their company’s operations. However, companies that depend on natural resources start to understand that it is in their interest to monitor the origin and production of their products and act accordingly.
At UN Meeting, Harrison Ford Calls for Immediate Global Action to Save Biodiversity
Developed and developing countries must look beyond their national interests and form a global alliance to stop the current environmental crisis, said actor, conservationist and Vice Chair of Conservation International, Harrison Ford, while participating in a major UN meeting being held in Japan. He was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, the Vice Minister of Environment of Japan, Shoichi Kondo, and the President of Conservation International, Russ Mittermeier.
Call for Participation in Biodiversity Check
The Global Nature Fund (GNF) and dokeo created a biodiversity check based on the Corporate Biodiversity Management Handbook, a guide for operational practice from the Business and Biodiversity Initiative ‘Biodiversity in Good Company'.
Vancouver Film School (VFS) presents: Biodiversity
The International Year of Biodiversity is an opportunity to reflect on the true value of life on earth… and it’s a call for action.
Biodiversity is a motion design project by Roberta Ramalho, Jesse Lang, Juan Carlos Arenas Madrid, and Amanda Healey.
(Music composed by Steve Witt.)
European Capital of Biodiversity
An award for municipalities engaged in biodiversity protection. A call for action by protecting ecosystems within use planning, by extension and management of green areas through the sensitisation of companies
TEEB Reports show the value of nature
TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) is a series of reports that value nature. Campaign correspondent Joost Bakker explains how companies can seize nature`s opportunities in order to save money and make profits.
World Bank supports world's largest mangrove forest
The World Bank (WB) is helping Bangladesh carry out a series of studies to develop a programme for sustainable development of the Sundarbans, the world's single largest mangrove forest in the country's south-western part.
An Interview with Chris Wille
Forum interviewed Chris Wille, co-founder of the Rainforest Alliance and head of the agriculture sector. As a ‘man of the first hour’, he is familiar with the broad topic of sustainability, sustainability certification and practical implementation in producer countries for tropical commodities like coffee and cocoa.
Biodiversity flying high
Twenty-one of the world’s major airlines have joined forces with the Convention on Biological Diversity to raise awareness for the biodiversity crisis in the International Year of Biodiversity.
Airbus launches international species conservation project
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the Weltvogelpark-Foundation Walsrode agreed a Letter of Intent for strengthening the population of the Northern Bald Ibis, or Waldrapp, within the framework of the Airbus partnership with the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
EU Biodiversity Targets by 2020 - Responsibility for the future
As one of the important drivers, the private sector should assume responsibilities for biodiversity conservation.
The partners of the LIFE+ project "European Business and Biodiversity Campaign" suggest following concrete actions to be implemented into the post 2010 targets of the EU Biodiversity Strategy
Safeguarding Multiple Benefits
UN-REDD Programme Officer, Wahida Patwa-Shah and UN-REDD Natural Resources Officer, Linda Rosengren, look beyond carbon to flesh out the many ways forests provide benefits to society, and highlight steps the UN-REDD Programme is taking to ensure these benefits are safeguarded in national REDD+ strategies.
Biodiversity climbs the corporate agenda
The new TEEB for Business report highlights that concerns about the rapid loss of global biodiversity predominantly come from business leaders in those countries with much to loose. Do CEOs in Europe really care less?
Are you a Green Leader?
WCMC in partnership with UNEP-DTIE (UNEP Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics) has just launched a new publication for business, reviewing the business case for biodiversity.
Global Expert Panel on Biodiversity established
Similar to the IPPC world climate council, the newly established Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is intended to come up with scientifically independent and trustworthy insights for global decision-makers.
Baltic sea too sick to deliver ecosystem services
HELCOM releases a holistic assessment of the state of the Baltic Sea. According to the report the Baltic Sea ecosystem has degraded to such an extent that its capacity to deliver goods and services to humans living in the nine coastal states has been hampered.