Sustainability

Can biodiversity be a material issue for companies? Barriers, challenges and how to overcome them.

Declining natural capital (biodiversity and ecosystem services) is rapidly increasing as a business issue. A survey of over 1,000 companies by McKinsey found that biodiversity loss is a major emerging issue for business, occupying a similar position in the public debate as climate change did in 2007. Although several analyses of ´the business case´ for action on the issue have been put forward, few have been framed in terms of financial (or stakeholder inclusive) materiality. As a result they lack traction with those individuals responsible for managing corporate financial performance.

Promoting sustainable farming practices: the use of a high nature value index (HNVI)

The “High Nature Value Environments” are "un-protected" areas in which the resources and processes in nature combine to supply us with life-supporting benefits. In these areas we are witnessing an increasing number of small farming systems. Our concern is with the legacy that such human presence will leave for future generations. This project created and tested a “High Nature Value Index” (HNVI) to assess the impact of hillside farming on ecological stability in the Northern Range.

Oil and gas decommissioning as a catalyst to enhance ecosystem function

Recently a project started that by bringing stakeholders around the North Sea together, aims to instigate a fundamental review and subsequent change of policy in determining the interaction between people, planet and prosperity in the region.

Towards sustainable sourcing of wild plants: FairWild +4

The FairWild Standard provides a set of best practice guidelines for the sustainable use and trade in wild harvested plants, and ingredients thereof.

Invoking the Precautionary Principle: Shell´s approach to protecting the environment: an analysis

With a challenging but realistic ´blueprint for action´ in mind, global companies have strong environment objectives, controls and measures in place in order to make a significant contribution to ´ecosystem resilience´. Through this workshop, Shell invites feedback on its approach to protect the environment and encourages an open dialogue: are we doing enough, when and how much is enough, and how and where to improve performance?

Gobernanza Marina: Reflexiones sobre conservación, derechos de acceso al mar y resiliencia social y cultural

Se vincularán los temas de derechos de acceso a recursos naturales (pesqueros) y las fortalezas culturales y sociales de comunidades costeras como factores de resiliencia importantes para una conservación del mar que garantice la equidad, la seguridad alimentaria y la reducción de la pobreza en Centroamérica, México y el Caribe. Nuestra visión es que para conservar el mar, no hay que dejar de usarlo, y que sus beneficios deben de ser garantizados para las comunidades relacionadas con él y sus recursos.

Connecting the Dots: Landscape Connectivity, Resilient Communities, and a Global Network of Great Mountain Trails

The first part of the KC will briefly review the importance of mountain areas, and the key role of mountain trails as important platforms for expanded mountain connectivity, and improving resilience of mountain ecosystems and communities. Next, an open discussion will focused on why and how a global network on mountain trails may be establish, as a tool to advance mountain cultures and landscapes.

Indigenous Community Engagement in Tourism & World Heritage

This workshop will focus on tourism and local people in the context of nominations
and the monitoring of existing World Heritage sites globally.

Conserving biodiversity education, protection and restoration: How the Sister parks model works

As Sister Parks, Jeju Volcanic Island & Lava Tubes, Republic of Korea and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, U.S.A., share common management priorities aimed at preserving and restoring biodiversity, ecosystems and habitat for native & endemic species, perpetuating sacred cultural landscapes & indigenous cultures, & in partnering with neighboring communities and other stakeholders in developing sustainable tourism products & services to support local economies and promoting stewardship. Both are World Heritage Sites which face common challenges.

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