After six days of negotiations, the representatives of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have concluded the 4th meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG4) on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Nairobi (Kenya) with slight progress, but insufficient for the ambition necessary to reverse the loss of biodiversity in 2030 and with a lack of commitment to achieve a new ambitious and robust framework, according to delegates and NGOs....

The international conference European Green Premises 2022 will take place on 14-15 September in Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, Germany. The event aims to encourage action and collaboration between companies, property managers, local and regional planners and policy makers, conservation associations and science professionals to move towards greener and more biodiverse business and industrial environments....

The High-Level Segment of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) closed today with the adoption of the Kunming Declaration, where Parties to the Convention committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework that would biodiversity put on a path to recovery by 2030 at the latest, towards the full realization of the 2050 Vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature. ...

As the UN Biodiversity COP15 officially opens, more than 1,000 businesses with revenues of $4.7 trillion USD, operating in 65 countries and employing more than 11.2 million people are urging governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss this decade. This is coupled with an open letter to Heads of State signed by the CEOs of leading companies featured in this Guardian article. CEOs from companies including FirstRand, H&M, Holcim, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, Natura &Co, Rabobank, Sintesa Group, Suzano, Unilever, Wipro and Yara International recognize their responsibility to reject a “business as usual” mindset and to transform their business models to operate within planetary boundaries. ...

If you consider that natural capital plays a decisive role in the fair and sustainable recovery and the progress towards a positive future for nature and people, if you want to incorporate nature-related aspects in your company but do not know where to start, or if you have some knowledge about the natural capital approach, but want to strengthen concepts, deepen your company's relationship with nature and learn about success stories that can serve as a reference, you will find of interest “Nature-Incore: Nature at the heart of decision-making” training initiative by Ecoacsa. The last two years have been particularly challenging because of the unfortunate coronavirus pandemic, which has acted as an important reminder of the close relationship between human, economic and planetary health.  This has led to an intensified interest in putting natural capital and biodiversity issues at the centre of policy, both at national, EU and global levels. And, most especially, to design rules and regulations that support actions and initiatives aimed at ensuring that these environmental elements are considered in private sector decision-making linked to the management of the natural environmentThe free online course Nature-Incore has been created to support this purpose by training professionals in the natural capital approach, through information and training on concepts, knowledge, and tools, so that they have a better understanding of the relationship of their organisations with nature and contribute to incorporate it into decision-making.The course is aimed at sustainability and environmental professionals and managers of SMEs in the Community of Madrid and Catalonia on the natural capital approach so that they can incorporate it into the daily practice of their companies and organisations.How will we do it? Through a carefully designed theoretical-practical programme to learn easily and at your own pace key concepts, which applications of the natural capital approach are best suited to the reality of each business, and which tools and methodologies can be most useful for identifying, measuring and assessing the impacts and dependencies that companies and organisations have on nature, among other topics.The programme is structured in the following four modules: 1. Introduction to the natural capital approach. 2. Where to start? Natural capital assessment, key concepts, and tools. 3. How to integrate assessment results. 4. Tracking, monitoring and communicating corporate performance on natural capital. Driving cultural change in business To respond to regional and national challenges related to biodiversity from the perspective of the natural capital approach, the Nature-Incore initiative will organise training actions in different formats to reinforce the competences of the students who have been trained in the natural capital approach and in the valuation of ecosystem services throughout the course.In addition, work will be carried out to analyse the students' competences in the field of natural capital to know their situation and identify possible areas for improvement in order to strengthen their knowledge and skills in this field. The aim is to help them become catalysts for the cultural change represented by the incorporation of natural capital in decision-making in their respective companies and organisations.This project is funded by the Fundación Biodiversidad of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO)), through the Empleaverde Program , an initiative for the promotion and improvement of employment, entrepreneurship and the environment. It is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) in the framework of the Operational Programme for Employment, Training and Education 2014-2020. Read on at Nature-Incore Comparte Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email...

Business for Nature aims to amplify a powerful leading business voice calling for governments to adopt policies now to reverse nature loss this decade. Based on several business consultations, we have published high-level policy recommendations to policymakers and made suggestions to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to strengthen the draft Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework....

The European project COMFOR-SUDOE (COMplex FORests) led by the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) proposes a series of methods of monetary and non-monetary valuation of the benefits of complex forests for rural and urban societies in Spain, France and Portugal. This open access compendium has been elaborated by Ecoacsa Reserva de la Biodiversidad, one of the consortium partners, and aims to guide local development stakeholders and policy-makers in decision making processes. The report is accompanied by a list including 68 ecosystem services or benefits provided by complex forests....

At the at the Biodiversity PreCOP 15 CBD High-level event hosted by Colombia, Representatives of three political coalitions endorsed by 116 countries - the “Leaders Pledge for Nature”, the “High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People” and the “Global Ocean Alliance” - have joined forces today at the high level PreCOP event hosted by the Government of Colombia. Together they reaffirm the urgency of reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 to address the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and climate change and achieve sustainable development. ...

Business for Nature (BfN) coalition welcomes the many improvements and specificities that have been included in draft 1 of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework recently published by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in particular the recognition of the role of business in co-leading the transformation. Members of BfN also congratulate Parties for acknowledging the need to value and embed nature in all decision-making by mainstreaming nature in all sectors. They particularly welcome the target on the role of business as a first step in making businesses actors of positive change. However, these key elements still need to be strengthened, improved and refined. However, they remain concerned that the overall ambition and sense of urgency is not strong enough to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, secure a nature-positive future and ensure that people can live in harmony with nature by 2050. ...

Investing in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) pays off, according to the results from a pilot project to study the benefits that Mediterranean marine reserves provide to economy and society, which has been promoted by Marilles Foundation and developed in collaboration with Ecoacsa, the Balearic Center for Applied Biology (CBBA) and the British company eftec. ...