Partners of the EU-program LIFE project BooGI-BOP ("Boosting Urban Green Infrastructure Through Biodiversity-oriented Design of Business Premises") will host on February 18th 2021 from 14:30 to 16:00 pm (CET) an online seminar on “Multifuncional business premises for people and nature”. The session is addressed to facility managers. ...

Natural capital and existing market mechanisms for the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems have been the protagonists chosen to close the collection on Sustainability and Natural Heritage Notebooks, by Santander Foundation. Ecoacsa participates in this work entitled: Sustainable use of the natural heritage, with a chapter on "Habitat banks and markets"....

Within the current climate, ecological and health crisis context and given the need to contribute to a green and low-carbon recovery, members of the Technical Committee 6 of Conama 2020 on «The future of climate and nature-related risks and their financial impacts” have launched a consultation that addresses these critical issues....

In their joint declaration announced during Finance in Common (FiC) summit -organized by the French Development Agency- more than 450 Public Development Banks and their partners commit stated their willingness to contribute to the recovery and align with sustainable finance principles. Among announced commitments, PDBs committed to take into account and manage direct and indirect climate, biodiversity, environmental and social risks and opportunities, inspired by existing international initiatives and recommendations such as those of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), el Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosure (TNFD) y Mainstreaming Climate Action in Financial Institutions....

The results of the latest biodiversity barometer produced by the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) reveal that beauty, food and beverage sectors increasingly include references to biodiversity in their corporate reports and websites. Data from the 2020 edition show that references to biodiversity continue to increase: in the beauty sector, it was 49% of companies - from 13% in 2009. In food and beverages, it was 80% of companies - from 53% in 2012. ...

The continuous challenge in the search for sustainability represents an increasingly relevant demand in the management of companies. A group of Brazilian companies committed to moving towards a new sustainable economy have opted for the LIFE Certification to highlight the important role that the business sector plays in conserving natural capital. The LIFE Methodology and Certification have been adapted to Europe by Ecoacsa, and the first pilots will begin with leading Spanish companies next November....

The EU B@B Platform has launched a new SMEs and Nature survey with the Capitals Coalition, We Value Nature and the Enterprise Europe Network. The objective of the survey is to better understand how SMEs consider their relationships with nature, what type of support SMEs require and how this support should be implemented....

In the framework of the EU Green Week, we will participate on October 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CET), in a partner event  organised in collaboration with the LIFE Institute. During the webinar on the LIFE Methodology and the LIFE Key Europe tool we will address how this methodology helps organisations interested in promoting biodiversity conservation to measure, evaluate and communicate their actions in this field, as well as to establish a minimum performance that they must achieve according to their size and impact. In the aftermath of coronavirus crisis, there is a growing interest in deploying stimulus packages at scale to drive an economic recovery. This opens a window of opportunity for the design of strategies that integrate longer-term sustainability considerations, including solutions that boost the economy and generate positive environmental outcomes at the same time. These include conservation of biodiversity and the protection of ecosystem services that sustain the prosperity and resilience of countries in the face of crises such as pandemics. In this framework, interest in natural capital accounting is growing and there is a clear demand for methodologies that incorporate biodiversity and ecosystem services. The LIFE Methodology developed by the LIFE Institute of Brazil provides metrics that help business and financial sectors in this task. Specifically, it provides information on the importance of impacts on biodiversity, as well as support to communicate the positive environmental performance of the conservation actions. In addition, the LIFE Methodology also facilitates the identification of key gaps or improvements that can be implemented to obtain better results for biodiversity. Maria Alice Alexandre, Executive Director of the LIFE Institute, will use business cases examples to illustrate the application of the methodology and the positive results obtained. She will be accompanied by David Álvarez, Executive Director of Ecoacsa, who will detail how the process of adapting this methodology to the European context has been carried out. You can find more information here and the link for registration below. "LIFE Key Europe: Tool for business biodiversity management" REGISTRATION Comparte Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...

The first UN Biodiversity Leaders Summit highlighted the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards “living in harmony with nature” – the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Organised in the margins of the 75th UNGA, Volkan Bozkir, President of UNGA, said that “Kunming must do for biodiversity what Paris did for climate change.” A record number of countries - nearly 150 countries and 72 Heads of State and Government - addressed the first ever Summit held on biodiversity to build political momentum towards the next meeting of the conference of parties for the Convention on Biodiversity (COP15) in Kunming, China next year.  Munir Akram, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said political will, not finance, is key to contain “economic greed” and “policy negligence.” UNGA President Volkan Bozkir called on Member States to use the Summit to build political momentum towards a post‑2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the CBD to be held in Kunming, China in 2021. “Kunming must do for biodiversity what Paris did for climate change,” said Bozkir, by placing the biodiversity discourse firmly on the political agenda. In his opening remarks, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres outlined three priorities for conserving and sustainably managing biodiversity: Nature-based solutions must be embedded in COVID-19 recovery and wider development plans. Economic systems and financial markets must account for and invest in nature, and secure the most ambitious policies and targets that protect biodiversity and leave no one behind. The opening segment included a “fireside chat” between the Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Elisabeth M. Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and Ana María Hernández, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). They described biodiversity as a “shock absorber,” and said the time to “pollute our way to wealth” has passed.  The full summit may be watched online: Segment 1 Segment 2 Segment 3 Read on at IISD and UNEP Comparte Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...