Building resilience in agricultural landscapes: finding solutions through business and conservation collaboration

This Knowledge Cafe aims to catalyse action amongst agricultural companies and other stakeholders in agricultural landscapes to improve ecosystem resilience. While companies strive to address the impacts of their operations, a broader approach is required in agricultural landscapes, to enable multiple stakeholders to assess biodiversity risks, opportunities and interventions consistently.

The Knowledge Cafe will:
• Raise awareness of the need to work at landscape level with communities that live and depend on those landscapes;
• Highlight the commercial importance of protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services for agriculture;
• Establish the need for stakeholders to work together in an aligned manner;
• Provide and identify tools that support the mobilisation and alignment of stakeholders, and build biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in agricultural landscapes.

The BAT Biodiversity Partnership is addressing complex and challenging issues surrounding ecosystem resilience in mixed agricultural landscapes. The Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Assessment (BROA) Tool has been implemented in 20 different countries around the world. It is now being made available to organisations which could benefit from its use.
The BROA tool is unique with its focus on biodiversity. Crucially, it looks not only at direct impacts, but enables organisations to go beyond business-as-usual to look at wider sustainability issues and dependencies on ecosystem resilience and encourage collaboration with external stakeholders. Field-based case studies will demonstrate how BROA has started to deliver tangible benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services at a landscape level.
We anticipate launching a web-based forum for companies (and their partners); creating an easy way to share experiences, to promote collaboration and to gain support in using and applying risk-based approaches.

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