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....

The race is on to ensure a nature positive world, in support of climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Leaders's Pledge for Nature initiative is supported by governments and other partners and non-state actors, including Ecoacsa, who jointly have launched #TheRaceisOn campaign to drive action and ambition across countries, businesses and society and elevate nature and biodiversity loss ahead of the biodiversity and climate COPs 2021, and beyond in a decade of action....

Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have conducted an assessment across the IBEX 35 on how they publicly reported biodiversity-related information in 2019. The main conclusions and results of the analysis have been compiled in the report Nature in the Spanish stock exchange. To what extent is biodiversity relevant to the IBEX 35? The results of the 2019 biodiversity corporate performance index on reporting and disclosure of the IBEX 35 show that biological diversity is a material issue for 17 companies (48,6%). By activity sector, energy has obtained the highest score based on the sum of eight indicators taken into account to assess the correct integration of biodiversity by Spanish listed companies’ reporting and disclosure, with 53%. This sector is followed by basic materials industry (24%), consumer goods (22%), consumer services (18%), real state services (15%), finance services (13%) and technology and communications (12%).The methodology followed to followed to conduct the analysis has been developed by Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in the framework of the Biodiversity Disclosure Project, which is based on publicly available data (sustainability reports published in the Spanish Stock Market Commission, biodiversity reports, websites)....

The Align project organises its first project-wide event from June 3 – 10 by attending a series of seminars and workshops dedicated to natural capital management accounting and biodiversity measurement. The first event is open to the public and will be a seminar on Natural Capital Management Accounting on 3 June (3.00- 6.00 pm CEST). Here we will be identifying biodiversity-inclusive, natural capital management accounting practices within financial institutions that the Align project can promote in future guidance. We will draw on real-life applications from ASN Bank, BNP Paribas Asset Management and ING Group to show how natural capital and biodiversity are integrated into financial decision making....