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Biodiversity underpins development through the provision of products such as food, fibre and medicines and ecosystem services such as the regulation of water supply and air quality. Though billions of people around the world depend on such ‘goods’ and services, this contribution is neither fully recognized nor valued in markets. As a consequence, biodiversity is being lost at an unparalleled pace as natural resources are used without considering their other values, with the result that the capacity of ecosystems to sustain the delivery of goods and services is being undermined. The sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services are keys to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to combating poverty.
Source: UNDP

Fields of action Biodiversity Management

Fields of Action

Business success and impact factors on biodiversity can be managed by implementing the necessary strategies. The following is a list of the most important fields of action with descriptions for corporate biodiversity management.


Framework for Corporates

Provides a framework for developing, implementing, and disclosing policies and practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services that are integrated into corporate sustainability strategies. (UNGC, International Union for Conservation of Nature)


Environmental Politics and Law

By Prof. John P. Wargo (Yale University)

Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Professor John Wargo introduces the central question of the course, "Can law shape a sustainable future for ten billion people?" The purpose of the course is to examine the most important U.S. laws adopted over the past forty years, and to evaluate their effectiveness. This is an online course by the reknown Yale University.  more[...]

  • Economic Impact of Protected Areas in Europe

    In Europe, many different tools are used for protecting biodiversity and natural areas, including the Natura 2000 network, the Habitats Directive and the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. To the European business sector, however, the potential economic value of Natural and National parks is little known. More and more companies are looking for ways to contribute to biodiversity protection. The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign and EUROPARC Federation are offering new aspects to the debate how protected areas can be maintained, and how societies can re-connect to the ecological, socio-cultural and economic value of such landscapes. European protected areas can bring measurable direct and flow-on economic benefits to local, regional, state and national economies.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Two Years Applying the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review

    John Finisdore, World Resources Institute

    The decline in nature’s ability to provide ecosystem services – the benefits humans derive from ecosystems – can present material risks and opportunities to business. However, managers have only just begun integrating considerations of ecosystem services into corporate decision-making processes. One resource has been the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR), a set of guidelines that has helped managers improve both corporate performance and the environment.  more[...]  login_required

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    John Finisdore, World Resources Institute 
  • Access and Benefit Sharing Is Paramount to the Future of Biodiversity

    Dr. Jane Smart, IUCN

    The benefits of biodiversity are inextricably linked to the people’s well-being and this includes their fundamental rights to preserve their natural heritage, as well as to use these resources for development. However, given the current rates of species extinction and the overall loss of biodiversity, regulating access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable distribution of the benefits associated with them – and at the same time safeguarding people’s traditional knowledge – will be one of the most important decisions at this year’s 10th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan.  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. Jane Smart, IUCN 
  • European Business and Biodiversity Platform (B@B)

    Shulamit Alony, IUCN

    The European Commission has decided to establish a technical support facility to promote the continued development of the EU Business and Biodiversity Initiative. The platform is open to civil society as well as to business in its activities. The platform will work with the interested priority business sectors identified by the European Commission – agriculture, food supply, forestry, extractive industry, finance, and tourism – to promote their awareness of and engagement in biodiversity protection.  more[...]  login_required

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    Shulamit Alony, IUCN 
  • Environmental initiatives are good for business

    Prof Daniel C. Esty, Yale University

    It is increasingly clear that the key to addressing environmental problems in general and climate change in particular is innovation. And to ramp up innovation requires incentives that engage the private sector in the process of research and development of new technologies and systemic change. The most effective way to draw business into the search for greater energy efficiency, renewable energy, and better pollution control lies with making companies (and people) pay for the harms they cause.  more[...]  login_required

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    Prof Daniel C. Esty, Yale University 
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  • Business Ecosystems Training (BET) program now available in Japanese

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

    The Japanese version of Business Ecosystems Training (BET) Module 1 is available on WBCSD and Hitachi’s websites. This translation has been carried out by member company Hitachi, co-chair of the Ecosystems Focus Area, and supporter of the development and road-testing of BET as part of the BET Advisory Committee.  more[...]

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  • The Oil and Gas Industry: Operating in Sensitive Environments

    International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

    This booklet summarizes a series of short case studies which describe some of the oil and gas industry’s experience of operating responsibly in sensitive human and physical environments. The case studies cover company experiences across the full range of oil and gas industry activities.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Protecting shareholder and natural value. 2005 benchmark of biodiversity management practices in the extractive industry

    Fauna & Flora International

    Under the framework of the Dutch Environmental Policy Plan, the Netherlands is working with the investment and business community to develop practical guidance to help companies analyse biodiversity and natural resources as business risks and opportunities. We are helping companies to formulate biodiversity strategies and plans. A Business & Biodiversity Helpdesk may be set up to facilitate implementation.  more[...]  login_required

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Fauna & Flora International Protecting shareholder and natural value. 2005 benchmark of biodiversity management practices in the extractive industry 2012 Biodiversity Management
Australian Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources Biodiversity Management. Leading Practice Sustainable Development Program for the Mining Industry 2012 Biodiversity Management
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