Dozens of global NGOs and business organisations have published a paper making the case and setting out the scientific justification for a Global Goal for Nature, the equivalent of the universal climate goal of ‘1.5 degrees or under’. The Global Goal for Nature is seen as a necessary vision and ambition to counter the current lack of action for nature protection, epitomized by the recent UK Treasury Dasgupta review showing that we have collectively failed the natural world, with demands far outstripping its capacity to supply us with goods and services, putting at risk the prosperity and health of current and future generations. ...

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union. By enabling investors to re-orient investments towards more sustainable technologies and businesses, measures adopted will be instrumental in making Europe climate neutral by 2050, and they aim at making the EU a global leader in setting standards for sustainable finance. The package is comprised of an EU Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act, a new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and six Amendments to Delegated Acts on investment and insurance advice, fiduciary duties, and product oversight and governance....

The Align project recently presented has launched its first Annual Survey to gather input from businesses and financial institutions across the EU (and beyond) to develop guidance and recommendations on a standard for biodiversity measurement and natural capital management accounting. Align is a three-year business-focused and business-driven project. ...

The partners of the European COMFOR SUDOE project invite experts, research organizations, academia, conservation entities and other social actors to propose papers and case studies on the identification of the most appropriate methodologies for the valuation of natural assets and ecosystem services provided by complex forests of Southwestern Europe. The call also seeks to identify projects that integrate the monetary and non-monetary valuation of natural assets and ecosystem services of mixed and irregular forests in management models or whose application has resulted in significant changes in the habitats where the valuation was conducted....

The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and the International Network for Sustainable Financial Policy Insights, Research, and Exchange (INSPIRE) have launched a joint Study Group on ‘Biodiversity and Financial Stability’. The objective is respond to the need identified by central banks and supervisors consisted in extending their focus from climate change to the challenges of addressing the implications of broader nature-related risks and the conservation of nature and biodiversity. Doing this will involve understanding the impact of finance on the provision of key ecosystem services as well as the consequences of biodiversity loss for financial stability. To respond to this emerging agenda, the Study Group will conduct a programme of research and dialogue to address these challenges and propose recommendations for action and further inquiry. The goal of the research initiative is to establish an evidence-based approach to how central banks and supervisory authorities could fulfil their mandates in the context of biodiversity loss, with a focus on land-use and deforestation....

Biodiversity is crucial in urban development, it is a core component in sustainable planning, for the better of our cities and the environment in general. Industrial and commercial premises hold an enormous potential in terms of climate change mitigation and the promotion of environmental quality. In April, partners of EU LIFE BooGI-BOP project organize along with the Province of Vorarlberg an online-series of three talks to promote dialogue between eco-boosting proponents and biodiversity committed planners and clients. ...

On May 18th and 19th, Seville will become the world capital of the blue economy on the occasion of SUMMIT4OCEANS Sevilla Blue Economy Virtual Event, co-organized by Fibes Sevilla within the framework of the Andalusian capital city council project aimed at promoting innovation, technology and sustainable development in Spain with a clear international vocation....

The Align project - Aligning accounting approaches for nature - will support businesses, financial institutions and other stakeholders in developing standardised natural capital accounting practices, including a standardised approach to biodiversity measurement. The project is funded by the European Commission, and led by WCMC Europe, Capitals Coalition, Arcadis, ICF and UNEP-WCMC....

The Digital Panel of the Ethics and SDG Commission of the EU Chamber of Technology (EUTEC, for its acronym in English) is promoting a series of online sessions on different current topics that seek to facilitate knowledge and discussion in order to increase the competitiveness of Europe, European companies and their professionals. Ecoacsa has been invited to participate in the event dedicated to "Social Ecological Transition", which seeks to address solutions that respond to the current ecological and economic situation, as well as the biophysical and cultural crises in which we are immersed. ...

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has released the report Proposals for a relevant and dynamic EU Sustainability Reporting Standard-Setting, in the framework of the preparatory work for the elaboration of possible EU non-financial reporting standards in a revised EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive. This report proposes a roadmap for the development of a comprehensive set of EU sustainability reporting standards. ...