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. ...

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. ...

From 30 November to 1 December, 2021 business leaders and policymakers will meet in November at the 2021 European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS) - a high-level political and technical forum - to capitalise on the growing awareness that businesses impact and depend on nature and the ecosystem services it provides. They will aim to mobilise the business community and strengthen the European "Business for Biodiversity movement" called upon by the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030....

In the framework of Align project, at the beginning of June took place an open webinar on “Integrating biodiversity into natural capital”, where representatives from ASN Bank, BNP Paribas Asset Management and ING Group participated sharing their experience on how they are addressing risks related to natural capital in financial decisions. ...

#TheRaceIsOn is a multi-stakeholder campaign that creates a ‘race to the top’, encouraging governments to turn commitments into urgent actions to secure a nature-positive world by 2030, in support of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals. The launch of the campaign accompanies the news that leaders of Japan and the Republic of Korea have endorsed the Pledge, committing to integrated action on nature, climate and people. Pledge endorsers now represent 37.45% of global GDP and over 2 billion people, signifying a groundswell of action to tackle the twin crises of climate and biodiversity loss....