Economy and Markets

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.

IUCN Independent Advisory Panel of Remediation and Rehabilitation of Oil Spill sites in the Niger Delta

Presentation/s by the Panel Chair (Prof Obot) and at least one Panel Member (Dan Laffoley) on the general orientation of the Panel process and tools being used for data gathering and analysis, and how the Panel is building towards its recommendations. Followed by facilitated discussion between Panel members and audience.

Delivering TEEB on the Ground: Enabling public policy to deliver pro-biodiversity private sector action

The private sector has a major role to play in how we manage, safeguard and invest in our natural capital. Business and enterprise directly and indirectly impact upon our shared environment, depend on healthy ecosystems and biodiversity for production, finance and undergird economic activity and growth, and market ecosystem services or biodiversity-related products.

All you wanted to know about biodiversity offset

The debate around biodiversity offsets as a potential conservation tool is involving a wide variety of stakeholders, from conservation organizations, academia, business, and governments. Despite several international organisations, lenders and governments are already moving to put public and finance policies in place to require and / or regulate biodiversity offsets, there are still many unsolved issues around biodiversity offset as a conservation tool.

Exploring the role of the private sector in landscape approaches to conservation and community stewardship

Tea estates being semi-natural plantations can play a major role in the conservation of biodiversity. In many countries some 20% of the land cover within tea estates is under natural vegetation or plantation forestry. Since carbon capture, crops pollination, pest control, biodiversity and soil and water conservation are just some of the services provided by natural ecosystems, protecting natural ecosystems and conducting activities to restore degraded ecosystems become crucial in ensuring healthy agricultural systems.

Riches of the Pacific: Deep Sea Minerals to Green Economy – biodiversity conservation in resource dependant countries

Throughout Oceania, primary industry – mining, logging, agriculture – is a primary foreign exchange earner, and seen as a source of development. From Rio’s “sustainable development” to Rio+20’s “Green Economy”, IUCN Oceania encouraged partners to consider their ecosystems and natural resources. Three areas will be highlighted:

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.

Policy Matters 18: Macroeconomic Policies, Livelihoods and Sustainability

Dr. Alejandro Nadal, editor of this recent CEESP publication will review the objectives and major conclusions from the seven peer reviewed papers in this important contribution on the impact of macroeconomic polices on sustainability and on needed changes to the macroeconomic policy framework. There will be opportunity for participants to discuss these ideas and the implications for IUCN's work in economics.

Yasuní-ITT Initiative: creating a new economic model

The Yasuní-ITT Initiative is a pioneer and a holistic proposal lead by the Government of Ecuador since 2007. Yasuní National Park, located in Ecuador´s Amazon rainforest, is on of the most important biodiversity hotspot in the planet, as well as home of indigenous cultures living in voluntary isolation. This presentation will explain the financial mechanism behind the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, which tends to indefinitely abstain from the extraction of millions of barrels of oil from the ITT field, preventing the emission of 407 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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