European Business Biodiversity Campaign

EBBC - Newsletter December 2017

We are happy to present the most recent Newsletter of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) to you and hope you enjoy reading.

We are also pleased to announce an exciting event taking place at the beginning of 2018. The Global Nature Fund (GNF), the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Université catholique de Louvain and IPES-food invite you to come together to exchange ideas relating to food sourcing and biodiversity by participating in the "Sourcing while respecting biodiversity: the case of food" event on 1st March in Brussels. We hope to see you there!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



 Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative launches Certification program

The ASI’s Performance Standard covers critical issues for the entire aluminium value chain including greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, material stewardship, biodiversity and human rights. More ...

 Science body of UN Biodiversity Convention meets to lay foundation for post-2020 global biodiversity targets

Science body of CBD meets to lay foundation for post-2020 global biodiversity targets

Some 600 delegates from around the world arrive in Montreal to provide input to the development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. More ...


Research team confirmed perilous decline in insect biomass

A study by Dutch, German and British scientists published in the journal Plos one adds more evidence to the dramatic decline of flying insects in Germany. More ...

 Over 36 Major Brands Pledge to Achieve Sustainable Cotton by 2025

Over 36 Major Brands Pledge to Achieve Sustainable Cotton

23 more of the world's most renowned clothing and textile companies, including Burberry, Adidas, Kathmandu and Timberland pledged to use 100 % sustainable cotton by 2025. More ...


Natural Capital: short films

WBCSD released a short film series, designed to underscore how important it is for companies to value their relationship with nature. Check out the films here.




Pilot studies: Natural Capital Accouting

In two pilot studies the GNF and its project partners have gained initial experience in carrying out natural capital assessments. The first pilot study compares the environmental impacts of trenchless pipe laying to those of open construction. The second pilot study describes the procedure for the natural capital assessment for tourism on the island of Juist. More ...

 Pilot Studies Natural Capital Assessment

The Natural Capital Protocol in Practice

In it's new brochure the GNF summarizes the individual steps of the Natural Capital Protocol (Natural Capital Coalition) in German, complements them with its own experience in application and refers to databases. The Brochure introduces the Natural Capital Protocol to a German-speaking audience and offers a good introduction to the economic assessment of natural capital. More (in German) ...

 Das Naturkapitalprotokoll in der Praxis

Baseline Report "Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Sector" now in Spanish

The Baseline Report, now available in Spanish, presents the results of a screening of 54 regional/quality, national, european and international Food Standards of the Food Sector as well as the analysis of procurement guidelines from food retailers. The report provides an overview on how protection of biodiversity is currently addressed in standards and company requirements. More (in Spanish) ...

 La biodiversidad en los estándares y sellos del sector agroalimentario

Natural Capital Coalition Releases 'This Is Natural Capital'

At The World Forum on Natural Capital (27 to 28 November 2017) the NCC released their new Report 'This Is Natural Capital'. The report provides an overview on what experts are saying about natural capital. You can download the brochure here.

 This Is Natural Capital 2017



Sourcing while respecting biodiversity: the case of food

1st March 2018 (09 am - 04.30 pm)
Brussels, The Residence Palace (Rond-point Schuman)

Are you seeking to improve your supply chain for sustainability?
Are you interested in improving biodiversity criteria in your standards or sourcing guidelines?

Are you a scientist working on agriculture and biodiversity?
Are you a policy maker in this field?

Then, this event is for you!


 Biofach 2018

14 - 17 February, Nuremberg



15 February 2018, 11:00 - 12:30 am, room München 1

GNF and Lake Constance Foundation will give insights into the project "Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry" at the world´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. More ...


6th Symposium on sustainable use of pesticides Directive (SUD) - Integrated Pest Management

31 January 2018, Brussels

More ...


Event Reviews

 © B@B Platform

Successful events: Business, biodiversity & natural capital – Ambitions, risks & opportunities

The GNF and the European Commission look back on two successful days of events: on 4 and 5 October 2017 around 150 international company representatives and experts from more than 20 countries discussed about the effective integration of biodiversity and natural capital into corporate decision making.

Find the presentations and a comprehensive summary of the events here.

 World Forum on Natural Capital

World Forum on Natural Capital

Over 700 Attendees from 60 countries gathered in Edinburgh from 28 - 29 November 2017 for the World Forum on Natural Capital. More ...



EBBC on Twitter

For social media followers, you can find out more on Twitter about the commitment of the private sector to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Follow the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign at @ProBiodiversity.


European Business and Biodiversity Campaign
c/o Global Nature Fund (GNF)
International Foundation for Environment and Nature

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78315 Radolfzell, Germany

Phone: +49 7732 9995 0
Fax: +49 7732 9995 88




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