Ecosystem management

How to scale up impacts: business solutions to the ecosystem challenge

What do we want the world to look like in 2050? The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) underwent an 18 month process to answer this question, involving extensive dialogues with over 200 companies spanning 20 countries. The results were gathered in 'Vision 2050', a report that outlines transformative changes necessary to allow a projected 9 billion people to live well within the planet's limits in 2050.

SOS - Save Our Species conservation fund: a sponsorship opportunity for businesses

Wildlife generates interest and arouses our passion which is demonstrated by the huge popularity of zoos or botanical gardens visited worldwide. Species have the power to communicate; their conservation is portrayed through wonderful photos, amazing stories and dedicated, driven individuals working with local communities. Wild animals, plants and fungi are excellent indicators of environmental change, contribute significantly to ecosystem services. Conserving species also helps to tackle complex environmental problems.

Tackling the ecosystem challenge – collaborations that scale up impacts

Business and ecosystems are inextricably linked. Business not only affects ecosystem services but also rely upon them. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation pose significant risks to companies but can also represent new opportunities, for those who have anticipated the changes or are leveraging new biodiversity markets. Awareness of the business case for action is consequently increasing and more and more companies are taking action.

However, business alone can’t solve the issue, and partnerships with NGOs and governments appear to be an effective way to scale up impacts.

Strengthening Local Governance Systems, to improve Business Climate in the Mesoamerican Forest Sector

The forests of Mesoamerica impact on the quality of life, sustained economic growth and economic mobility of the rural poor and extremely poor populations. These ecosystems are also one of the main opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and comprise one of the most biodiversity-rich zones on the planet. However, the Mesoamerican region displays some of the highest deforestation and forest degradation rates in the world, coupled with the highest stratums of rural poverty and extreme poverty of the northern and central parts of the hemisphere.

Tackling the ecosystem challenge – business solutions for a sustainable world

There is a strong business case for action on ecosystems. Effectively managing ecosystem related risks and opportunities can make companies more competitive, resilient to shocks, agile in a fast-changing world, more likely to attract and hold customers, and can also help improve their relations with banks, insurers, etc. Companies are consequently more active on the subject, and are implementing solutions on the ground that aim to respond to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s global biodiversity targets.

Connecting people and sharing knowledge on Blue Carbon – the latest knowledge products and experiences from the field

This session will provide an opportunity for Blue Carbon stakeholders currently involved in Blue Carbon research, policy development and field implementation efforts to connect and exchange experiences and lessons-learned from their activities and projects. New products and activities from the partner organizations will be briefly introduced.
This session will also provide a platform for people and organizations new to Blue Carbon, to learn more, network and identify opportunities and contacts for future efforts.

Vers un réseau d’AMP sur la façade atlantique de l’Afrique pour la biodiversité et la gestion des pêches

En Afrique de l'Ouest, les partenaires du Programme Régional de Conservation de la zone Côtière et Marine - PRCM ont accompagné les Etats dans la mise en place officielle d'un Réseau Régional d'Aires Marines Protégées en Afrique de l'Ouest - RAMPAO.
Les pays du Golfe de Guinée ont réalisé beaucoup moins de progrès au cours des dernières décennies.

From Competition to Collaboration between Agriculture and Conservation: moving toward convergence between agro-ecology and conservation biology

Agriculture has become the single largest driver of environmental change in the Anthropocene and is taking us across several planetary boundaries for humanity’s safe operating space. In addition to conserving biodiversity in protected areas we need the spaces in between to be more friendly to species of all kinds. The session will present opportunities for convergent visions and strategies between the agricultural and conservation communities.

A Dialogue Among Philanthropic Leaders on Emerging Environmental Trends

Organized together with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD), this session will gather the leaders of key environmental philanthropies from around the world to discuss how the foundations and philanthropists are viewing the threats and opportunities and the ways that they are planning to invest in sustaining global biodiversity and environmental services for human well-being.

Moderated by Lynn Lohr, Executive Director of the CGBD, confirmed speakers include:

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