Sustainability

The Business and Ecosystems Think Tank – Part A

Whose responsibility is it to tackle our current economic and environmental crisis? Is it business? Is it governments? We believe it is a shared responsibility.

How to develop a regional monitoring system to influence conservation and development decision making?

The aim of this event is to share experiences on the relevance and efficiency of regional monitoring systems as a support for the implementation of policies. Based on the experience of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), it also aims at exploring the opportunity to develop policy-oriented monitoring systems in other regions of the world. The option to improve the MWO tool and develop new partnerships in the Mediterranean context will also be investigated.

Impacts of climate change in coastal areas of Gujarat, India

The impact of climate change are more prominently observed and felt by Gujarat state. The paper aims to analyze impact of climate change on locals and adaptation needs.

Business dependency and impacts on ecosystems

In the context of agricultural production, sustainable management practices can maintain or increase, or prevent declines in, flows of environmental goods and services, as the quality and availability of the raw materials depend on the availability of ecosystem services. Negative trends in the availability of these services would affect productivity of the farmers, and the entire value chain all the way to the food manufacturer.

Valuing ecosystems – can it help business make better decisions?

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are often considered public goods, i.e. the costs of destroying or damaging ecosystems are passed on from the user to society. NGOs have therefore been pushing companies to value their environmental costs, but if these services were valued more consistently by businesses would this help make better management decisions for the environment, society and the companies themselves?

In 2011, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released the Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV), a framework for improving corporate decision-making by enabling companies to consider the values of the ecosystem services they depend and impact upon. It was developed with 14 member road-testers and 4 partners. It is expected that ecosystem valuation will be more consistently incorporated into corporate decision-making and, potentially, reporting policies and public regulations.

The workshop aims (i) to raise awareness about the opportunities and risks of giving monetary values to ecosystems and (ii) to encourage the uptake of valuation as one of the solutions to mitigate ecosystems degradation. By highlighting practical examples, it will focus on the application of ecosystem valuation in the business context, while keeping in mind the role of environmental NGOs.

Integrating biodiversity into supply chains

Can manufacturing companies thousands of miles away from the field have an influence on how biodiversity is managed at the local level? Yes, they can, through their supply chains.

Mr. Goodfish, a sustainable seafood programme

The European programme Mr.Goodfish, launched by the World Ocean Network and developed in Spain (Aquarium Finisterrae), France (Nausicaá, Centre National de la Mer) and Italy (Acquario di Genova) aims to preserve seafood resources by suggesting positive buying and consuming decisions so as to ensure that there will still be fish and seashells in the sea tomorrow.

Implementation of the UN Decade on Biodiversity with a focus on South East Asian countries

The Decade on Biodiversity is the global strategic framework for biodiversity conservation since COP10 of CBD, Nagoya in 2010. Especially the targets on awareness raising, involving citizens in actions, conserving wild places and species together with related policy work are fields of activity where zoos and aquariums can contribute and make a difference. Globally, zoos and aquariums receive more than 700 Mio visitors each year - a huge potential for involvement and conveying the conservation messages.

Fisheries, biodiversity conservation, and food security

In the future, food from the sea is going to be of increasing importance to global food security. Ways have to be found to meet these needs that are compatible with conservation of biodiversity.
At present, decisions are made separately in conservation and sectoral and this does not facilitate integration, coordination or even common understanding. The risk is that both fields of governance miss their targets.

Community forest in Northeastern Thailand: economic value, pressure and community adaptation for sustainable livelihoods.

Community forest management (CFM) focuses on improving livelihoods of rural people and conserving natural forest ecosystems through local participation and cooperation. Increasing demands for forest resources and community socioeconomic change create pressures on CFM. This study presents a community forest named Kok Nongjan (KNJ) in Nong Song Hong, Khon Kaen, Thailand. The study estimates economic value of non-timber forest product (NTFP), examines user responses to increasing demands of NTFPs, and identifies community adaptation to change in attempts to sustain livelihoods.

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