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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[...]

  • Make or Break Year for Biodiversity

    Achim Steiner, UNEP

    Climate change has been described as the biggest market failure of all time – the loss of biodiversity and nature’s economically-important services must surely be running a close second, if not an equal first. Year in and year out, the world economy may be losing services from forests to freshwaters and from soils to coral reefs, with resulting costs of up to $4.5 trillion or more.  more[...]  login_required

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    Achim Steiner, UNEP 
  • Involving Business in the Fight to Save Life on Earth

    Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological Diversity

    Since its launch in July 2000, the Global Compact has been systematically enlisting businesses in the fight for a sustainable future. However, today the long-term health and prosperity of humanity are under threat more than ever due to the irreversible changes we are causing to the planet. That is why in his 2009 speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated: “We must break the tyranny of short-term thinking in favor of long-term solutions” and why he called for “a renewed commitment to core principles.”  more[...]  login_required

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    Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological Diversity 
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Smartening Up Tomorrow’s Agriculture Worldwide Bayer Group Big Data, Food Security, Biodiversity, Nutrition
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Portuguese Biodiversity: Challenges for REN Portugal REN Redes Energéticas Nacionais, REN, Biodiversity, Compliance & Disclosure, Environment, Forests, NGOs, Risk Management
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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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German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Corporate Biodiversity Management Handbook. A guide for practical implementation 2012 Biodiversity Management
Morse, Stephen Sustainability - A Biological Perspective 2010 Sustainability, Environment, Green Business, Management, Resources Efficiency
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Business & Biodiversity Biodiversity Check 2015 Biodiversity
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012 Biodiversity
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)/ United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) A framework for corporate action on biodiversity and ecosystem services 2012 Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, Conservation
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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Sony Biodiversity Conversation Sony 2014 Biodiversity
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) The Oil and Gas Industry: Operating in Sensitive Environments 2012 Biodiversity Management




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