European Business Biodiversity Campaign

EBBC - Newsletter June 2019

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

The report of the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES) published at the beginning of May shows that up to one million species are currently threatened with extinction. The report identifies land-use changes caused by intensive agriculture as the main cause. Soil degradation has already led to a loss of productivity on 23 percent of the global land surface and between $235-577 billion annual crop yields are threatened by the loss of insects. As a countermeasure, the authors recommend "the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices, such as good agricultural and agro-ecological practices". Therefore we again would like to highlight the LIFE Food & Biodiversity training material. With the training materials of the EU LIFE project, we give auditors, advisors and product managers a good overview of very good practices and good biodiversity management, so that they can pave the way for biodiversity-friendly agriculture.

Also the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform), with the support of the EU LIFE Food & Biodiversity project, launched new Topic Guides to improve guidance and provide materials to support on-farm implementation of their Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA). All in all, great tools for the food industry to convert to a biodiversity-friendly way of farming.

More interesting news, publications and events will be presented in the course of this newsletter. Enjoy reading!




Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’

IPBES released the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Global Assessment report, most comprehensive assessment of its kind. It shows: Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. More ...


Producing food whilst preserving biodiversity

Agricultural ecologists at the University of Göttingen call for joined-up thinking for nature conservation. More ...

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Sustainability in Global Agriculture Driven by Organic Farming

Governments should only support agricultural systems that provide healthy food, minimize environmental impact and enable producers to earn a decent living. More ... 


Global Nature Fund and Lake Constance Foundation author SAI Platform’s Biodiversity Topic Guide

In April, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) launched new Topic Guides to improve guidance and provide materials to support on-farm implementation of the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA). More ...


SAN, GNF and FGN join forces to promote biodiversity restoration in the agri-food sector

The Sustainable Agriculture Network, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) and Fundación Global Nature (FGN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of joining forces to promote biodiversity restoration and conservation in the agri-food sector. More ...


Investors examine Footprinting methods and Positive impact

To better integrate biodiversity – the basis of all life – into investment decisions by financial institutions, the European Commission started in 2017 with the Community of Practice Finance@Biodiversity. More ...




Training Material on Biodiversity in Agriculture

The training material of the project EU LIFE Food & Biodiversity offers comprehensive and detailed information for advisors, auditors of standard organisations and for product and quality managers of food companies to support farmers in the implementation of good biodiversity measures. More ...


Development Guide for Pro Biodiversity Business

Pro Biodiversity Businesses (PBB) are companies that are economically successful and at the same time make a positive contribution to the conservation of biological diversity. Numerous examples and first steps for the development of such companies have now been published in a guideline of the EcoKarst project. More ...


Biodiversity: Finance and the Economic and Business Case for Action

The OECD launched a report that sets the economic and business case for urgent and ambitious action on biodiversity. It presents a preliminary assessment of current biodiversity-related finance flows, and discusses the key data and indicator gaps. More ...


New Agriculture Sector Guide Launched

A new template that enables financial institutions to conduct natural capital credit risk assessment across different agricultural sectors and geographies, taking into account factors such as water availability, use and quality; soil health; biodiversity; energy use and greenhouse gas emissions was launched 15 April. More ...


Asian consumers are more aware of biodiversity than German consumers

The Biodiversity Barometer 2019 by the Union for Ethical BioTrade published in May shows that Asian consumers have an increasing awareness of the planet’s biodiversity. They want companies to show more commitment to ethically responsible sourcing. More ...




Global Landscapes Forum 2019

22/23 June 2019, Bonn

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Sustainable Consumption for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Worldwide

30 September 2019, Berlin

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European Business and Nature Summit

07/08 November 2019, Madrid

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Event Review


Wetlands, an opportunity for companies

Living Lakes 2019, the International Conference on Lakes and Wetlands that assesses the state of conservation of water and its ecosystems every two years, took place in Valencia last May. More ... 


Challenge Based Learning for Protecting Biodiversity

Challenge Based Learning (CBL) is a framework for learning while solving real-world challenges. This concept was apllied by Fundación Global Nature implementing the LIFE Food & Biodiversity in Spain. More ...



EBBC on Twitter

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