Our three organizations - Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR, Germany), Quercus (Portugal) and Institute for Sustainable Development (Slovenia) - concluded a project, funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Federal Ministry for the
Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The aim of the project was to provide input into the development of the European Business and Biodiversity initiative. The latter was implemented during the three Presidencies of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia.
The goal of the project was to develop NGO awareness on "business and biodiversity", to suggest how to prevent green-washing and to build sustainable biodiversity partnerships.
Our project consisted of organizing conferences and seminars to facilitate further discussion and collaboration between civil society, business and public authorities.
In September 2007, we organized a seminar on "Civil Society, Business and Biodiversity" in Lisbon to discuss the prospects and limits of the Business and Biodiversity Initiative.
We drafted the "Lisbon Declaration of ENGOs on the Business and Biodiversity Initiative", which was distributed to participants of Business and Biodiversity High Level Conference, in mid November in Lisbon.
In December 2007, the German report "Business and Biodiversity between Greenwashing and Authenticity" was published.
In February 2008, in Ljubljana, the conference "Forest and Wood - Green Business Opportunities" analysed biodiversity challenges in the forestry sector and pointed out the opportunities in the forest and wood-based business, such as use of wood as sustainable building material and forest-based ecotourism.
We drafted the ’Lisbon Declaration of ENGOs on the Business and Biodiversity Initiative‘, which was distributed to participants of Business and Biodiversity High Level Conference, hosted by Portugal in mid November in Lisbon. In the declaration, we state, in particular, the importance of developing guidelines as well as to set performance benchmarks for companies from relevant specific sectors.
Besides the goal to initiate concrete partnerships between NGOs and the forestry
sector, the basis of those partnerships was discussed and elaborated into conclusions and suggestions.
Germany Portugal Slovenia
Quercus – ANCN (National Association on Nature Conservation), Portugal
Deutscher Naturschutzring - DNR (The German League for Nature and Environment), Germany
Institute for Sustainable Development - ISD, Slovenia
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