German Annual Business Dialogue Forum 2016 on Biological Diversity

On 15 March 2016, almost 150 representatives of companies, leading business associations, nature conservation organizations, government and authorities, academia and civil society gathered in Berlin for the 6th German Business Dialogue Forum 2016 on Biological Diversity.

Bonn/Berlin, 17th of April 2016

These dialogue fora are the annual events of "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020" (UBi 2020 - "Enterprise Biological Diversity 2020"), a dialogue and action platform for business federations, nature conservancy organizations and authorities in order to encourage exchange, cooperation and tangible action. In 2013, the platform had been initiated by the Federal Environment Ministry together with the partners. This year’s conference was organised by ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ – one of the supporters as well as the coordination office of "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020”.

Against the background of the mid-term reviews of biodiversity strategies around the world, the participants discussed aspects of national and international responsibility for biological diversity and various challenges for implementation and enforcement including trade-offs. Three parallel workshops in the afternoon focussed on current trends in environmental legislation, credible corporate communications on biodiversity, and greening company premises. The group of supporters of UBi 2020 has grown to 27 associations and organizations. Five new organizations from the fields of municipal enterprises, tourism, airports and horticulture joined the platform on the occasion of the annual conference: the German Airports Association (ADV), the German Roof Gardener Association (DDV), the German Travel Association (DRV), the German Tourism Association (DTV) and the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU). The Platform for Action includes 30 concrete activities in various sectors.
The Global Nature Fund presented its self-checks on biodiversity for the tourist sector.

Basic knowledge for companies – new information modules
What do companies have to do with biodiversity and how should they get involved? "Basic knowledge: companies and biodiversity" is a series of short, cross-industry information modules for companies interested in finding out more on this topic. The modules offer guidance, suggestions and advice, helpful not only for large, but also smaller businesses. Now two further publications are available:
- Module 4: "Green, greener, greenest? Biodiversity as a topic for credible corporate communications"
- Module 5: "In good shape for the natural environment: working with the workforce to protect biodiversity"

More information can be found at: www.business-and-biodiversity.de/en/activities/biodiversity-management/einstiegswissen/.

(Author: BiGC/GNF)


Tags: Ecosystem valuation | Biodiversity Check | Communication | Tourism


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