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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.

Biodiversity Conservation for Development in the South through South-South Cooperation

The south country comprises over 70% of the earth’s biodiversity but it has been given less attention for conserving their resources in terms of policies. It is obvious that the biodiversity resources in the tropical south countries are not only in high richness but also in danger of extinction due to the excessive utilization and habitats degradation. Thus the effective action plan and management strategies are urgently needed to increase resilience the deterioration of nature resources.

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.

Understanding the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

Access and benefit sharing (ABS) refers to the process by which genetic resources are accessed and the benefits that result from their use are shared between those who provide the resources (providers, i.e. States, communities within those States) and those who use them (users, i.e. researchers, industries). It also relates to the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities (ILCs) associated with those genetic resources. ABS has the potential to enable States and their ILCs to conserve and sustainably use their biological diversity and to be rewarded for such efforts.

Decision theory based conservation management

Using the example of surface water management we will show how decision theory concepts can be applied to conservation projects. The standardized procedure we propose will make the decision process of any such project very transparent and focused.

The Environment and Natural Resources During and After Armed Conflict: Lessons and Way Forward (CEL official session)

Natural resources play an integral role in many armed conflicts and in the subsequent peacebuilding processes. Disputes over natural resources can provide the spark for conflict; natural resources can contribute to financing conflicts; and they are important to livelihoods of local people, making their effective management vital.

Corridors, Canyons And Cetaceans: Ocean Management Initiatives For The Deep-Sea Habitats Of The Coral Triangle

Indonesia is positioned at the nexus of two oceans. Its diverse deep-sea habitats include migration corridors, seamounts, canyons, trenches and upwelling zones that are of regional importance within the Indo-Pacific, yet remain poorly known. From 1998-2011 visual and acoustic surveys and research have been conducted on blue whales, sperm whales and other oceanic cetaceans.

Operationalising Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction at national and sub-national levels

The conservation community makes significant contributions to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and livelihood security efforts, globally. However, such contributions are not widely communicated, recognised and invested in (especially by key humanitarian aid donors). The training course demonstrates the critical links between ecosystem management, DRR and climate change adaptation for policy makers, practitioners, donors and scientists. It also equips participants with concrete ecosystem management tools that can catalyse ecosystem based DRR.

Towards a collaborative partnership on sustainable wildlife management

The collaboration is an innovative way of organizing actions of various stakeholders to reach one common goal – achieve sustainability in the utilization of wildlife resources for the benefit of nature and humans. Each partner has its own field of expertise and by sharing this know-how and providing reliable data to the decision makers, the common challenges can be recognized and objectives will be reached more efficiently. There is a connection between ecosystem management and services, food security and greening the world economy, such as in the bushmeat case.

Food and Ecological Security: The Role of Public and Private Sector in Supporting Ecosystem Resilience

Food security is top on the global agenda. World population and food consumption are still on the increase adding more pressure to the food supply system. These trends of demography dynamics and consumption patterns, combined with the threat of climate change and irreversible ecosystem service degradation, would lead to higher uncertainties regarding our current dominating food production models.

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