European Business Biodiversity Campaign

EBBC - Newsletter September 2019

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

In a study published in August researchers say that the current reform proposals of the EU Commission on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are unlikely to improve environmental protection. The EU has committed to greater sustainability but this is not reflected in the CAP reform proposal.

Several new publications within the LIFE Food & Biodiversity project show how important the protection of biodiversity is in the agricultural landscape and how this can be put into practice. In one publication we report in detail on the experiences of pilot farms in Germany that have implemented measures to protect biodiversity in cereal cultivation. Together with campaign partners, we have also published a baseline report on biodiversity in standards in the banana and pineapple sector and manuals for more biodiversity in the spice sector.

In the final round of negotiations on the CAP in autumn, it remains exciting to what extent the newly elected EU Parliament will manage to shape the process in the interests of the public and the protection of biodiversity.

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




IPCC Special Report

The report warns of the consequences of soil erosion for the global climate, mainly driven by intensive agriculture. The environmental foundations GNF and Lake Constance Foundation call for more measures to protect biodiversity as an important step against degradation and for climate protection. More ...


© Sebastian Lakner


EU agriculture not viable for the future

The current reform proposals of the EU Commission on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are unlikely to improve environmental protection, say researchers led by iDiv, UFZ and the University of Göttingen in the journal Science. More ...



Majority of Europeans are concerned about the loss of biodiversity

According to a survey, Europeans are increasingly concerned about the state of the natural world. In an overwhelming consensus, 96 % of the more than 27.000 interviewed citizens said that we have a responsibility to protect nature and that this is also essential for tackling climate change. More ...


New MoU for sustainable natural rubber

The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) and the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) have agreed to build cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU). More ... 


© Florian Schnabel


Diversity increases ecosystem stability

Forests with a large variety of species are more productive and stable under stress than monocultures: scientists from the University of Freiburg have confirmed this with data from the world’s oldest field trial on the diversity of tropical tree species. More ...




Natural Capital Tool for Food

In the project "Natural Capital in Hotels and Restaurants", the GNF has developed a tool that enables companies to identify external environmental costs for the water footprint, ecosystem services, air pollutants and greenhouse gases of about 150 types of food. More in German ...


Experience of cereal pilot farms

In this publication the project LIFE Food & Biodiversity provides information on the experiences gained in cereal pilot projects in Germany in terms of implementation of biodiversity measures. All pilots within the project were subject to a specific biodiversity consultation and measures were put in place that are based on the two pillars for biodiversity-friendly agriculture: Biodiversity Management and Very Good Agricultural Practices. More ...

 Experience of cereal pilot farms in Germany

Baseline Report: Biodiversity in Standards of the Banana and Pineapple Sector

The report assesses how biodiversity protection is currently addressed in 14 international and national standards
that are relevant for the supply chains of the banana and pineapple sector. The project From Farm to Fork supports the integration of conservation, protection of natural capital and valuation of ecosystem services in banana and pineapple value chains in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. More ...


Manuals for more biodiversity in spice cultivation

In India, spices are cultivated in important biodiversity hotspots. However, changes in cultivation practices endanger both the productive base and biodiversity. Two new manuals for drawing up ‘Biodiversity Action Plans’ by GIZ and GNF now provide support for spice producers. More ...


Ready, steady, green!

A new publication by the EU Commission presents projects in agriculture and forestry funded by the EU LIFE programme that help to mitigate climate change. With the LIFE programme the EU is supporting a broad range of adaptation measures to support farmers and foresters in introducing climate-smart production methods. More ...


New roadmap to maximize the forest sector’s contribution to the SDGs

Eleven leading member companies from the Forest Solutions Group (FSG) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have issued a Forest Sector SDG Roadmap. More ...




Sustainable Consumption for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Worldwide

30 September 2019, Berlin, Germany

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Ecosystem Services Partnership World Conference

21 - 25 Oktober 2019, Hannover, Germany

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We Value Nature

19 October 2019, Lisbon, Portugal

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Natural Capital Week 2019

5-8 November 2019, Madrid, Spain

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European Business and Nature Summit

07/08 November 2019, Madrid, Spain

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Global Landscapes Forum & UNEP FI Roundtable Europe

28-30 November 2019, Luxembourg

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