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

A lack of tools for companies to engage on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) was highlighted in The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity Business (TEEB) report. The first step for sustainable business is to identify the company's impacts and dependencies on BES. While companies strive to address the impacts of their operations, a broader approach is required in agricultural landscapes, to enable multiple stakeholders to assess BES risks, opportunities and interventions consistently.

The poster will highlight through a case study how the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Assessment tool (BROA) - a tool developed by the BAT Biodiversity Partnership and featured in TEEB - can mobilise diverse stakeholders within a landscape to achieve positive biodiversity conservation outcomes. 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 and encourage collaboration with stakeholders. BATBP is the only cross-sectoral partnership to have supported a company to apply biodiversity risk assessment across their entire agricultural operations.

It will highlight key phases of the tool process (information gathering, stakeholder engagement, site survey, action and monitoring planning and implementation), and how a range of actors are involved. It will bring to life the actions and outcomes of each step of BROA, highlighting the involvement and perspectives of diverse actors along the way.

The poster will help to:
• Raise awareness of the need to work at landscape level through the engagement of communities that live and depend on those landscapes;
• Highlight the commercial importance of effective protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services for agriculture;
• Demonstrate how diverse stakeholders can be mobilised to work in an aligned manner towards a common goal.

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