LIFE Institute has launched a public consultation to obtain feedback on the International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management it is developing along with a wide range of stakeholders. The Standard aims to establish clear rules so the local actors (public and private, in urban and rural areas) can adapt and coordinate their actions to jointly promote sustainability. The project is aligned with the purpose of achieving a sustainable territorial management that harmonizes health and prosperous societies with the maintenance of biodiversity and productivity of the ecosystem in the long term. To deal with this challenge, LIFE Institute, Itaipu Binational and Itaipu Technological Park are working together to launch an International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management. The Standard aims to establish clear rules so the local actors (public and private, in urban and rural areas) can adapt and coordinate their actions to jointly promote sustainability. The Standard will also function as a diagnostic tool, applied through a software, which will allow defining and monitoring strategies and good practices in the territory, considering its Economic, Environmental, Social and Cultural aspects. According to FAO, Sustainable Territorial Management combine technologies, policies and activities aimed at integrating socio-economic principles with environmental concerns so as to simultaneously: maintain or enhance production and services (productivity); reduce the level of production risks (security); protect the potential of natural resources to prevent soil and water degradation (protection); be economically viable (viability); be socially acceptable (acceptability). This consultation is open until 19th of July, 2020, 23:50 (UTC-3/Brasilia Time).   Answers and feedback received will be published, anonymously to preserve individual confidentiality, in a public report that will be provided to stakeholders and will be available on LIFE Institute website. General instructions After the reading and analysis of International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management-Principles and Criteria draft version of the document (available here) you will be able to make suggestions for Standard's criteria. The form presents the Principles and Criteria of the International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management, as follows: Principle (P): a fundamental issue underlying the concepts of International Standard on Sustainable Territorial Management according to its premises. Criterion (C): description of a procedure to comply with a principle. The numbering conforms to the following hierarchy: Principles and Criteria in the following format: Pn.Cn, wherein “n” refers to the sequential number (P1.C1 : Principle 1, Criterion 1. Along the form, your analysis will be performed by Principle, separately, following number sequence.  Important information Time estimated for completing the form is 30 minutes; You can click in "Save & Continue later" button to save your answers and finish completing the form later. Please make sure you return before closing date on 19th of July, 2020, 23:59 (UTC-3/Brasilia Time). Your contributions will only be send for analysis after submitting the form through pressing the "Done" button available on the last screen of the form; When clicking "<" button the information typed on the current page will be lost; To move forward on the form with the registered information, click "Next" button. If you consider to participate, please click on the following link to fulfill the form. Consultation Share Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...

During our involvement along with another experts in the second preparatory lab of the “4th edition of Madrid Cities Forum”, discussion of the organisation of this two yearly meeting was focused on urban renaturalisation and the need to increase cities resilience through Nature-Based Solutions. Some of the conclusions reached during debating are that cities are disconnected from natural environment and in many cases they are also detached from peripheral realities. This leads to the need of enabling an appropriate ‘strategic planning’ and efficient communication to “make progress towards a regenerative system” more similar to how nature works. Our Executive Director, David Álvarez, highlighted the key role that natural capital approaches and its associated accounting plays in the understanding the value that nature provides to cities. In this regard, he stated that work under way to develop environmental accounting models and growing or wealth indicators that go beyond GDP at European and global scales, to help people to understand the value of nature. David also emphasized that important training and dissemination work is needed so that the relevance that natural assets and ecosystem services that environment provides gets across to society and business sector. “ We are not talking about profound changes, but to have a range of basic knowledge to integrate biodiversity. Technical capacity exists and we know a lot so that what it is needed is the willingness to chage”, he outlined. Read the whole article published in Ciudad Sostenible (page 36). Comparte Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...

Statement of the 50 member organisations of the Spanish Green Growth Group (GECV), –to which Ecoacsa belongs- in the face of COVID-19 pandemic:   The health crisis of COVID-19 is the most important crisis that society is facing since the Second World War and measures taken to address it are triggering a paralysis of significant economic and social activities at a global level.   In the short term, governments –with the support of the whole civil society- are focusing all efforts on addressing an unprecedented health crisis we are facing and softening the adverse short-term effects of the closure of the economy (fiscal measures, liquidity to makerts…).   In this context, business community in general, and in particular GECV member companies have taken a very active part in the short term response by providing resources to society, business solutions and easy payment terms, specially to those consumers who are part of the most vulnerable groups.   In the medium term, multilateral institutions and governments are working in economic stimulus packages and policies which will bring and injection of billions euros to the economy, with the aim of contributing to the dynamization of the economic growth and to promote employment recovery.   The GECV member organisations consider that these stimulus should fall within and must be in line with actions to address the most pressing challenges in terms of climate action and sustainability, within the roadmap towards a net zero emissions economy by 2050. A economic sustainable and robust growth path will thus be strengthened which will deliver prosperity.   Initiatives that must to be tackled as a matter of urgency in the short term, should not undermine resources and opportunities to reorienting the economic model towards this direction.   Consistent with our position, the GECV supports at European level and in line with the declarations of the President of the European Commission herself, Ursula Von der Leyer, the EU Green Deal full enforce as a policy roadmap towards economic recovery by adopting decarbonization and digitalization as the major strategic lines of action.   In the case of Spain, the GECV believes that accelerating investment associated with the Integrated Energy and Climate Plan and the adoption of the Climate Change Act are a vital starting point to establish the foundation of a strong recovery, aligned with climate objectives and the sustainable development agenda. The Spanish Green Growth Group is comprised by 50 organisations of all sizes and profiles. They account for more than half of the IBEX35 turnover and close to 40 % of the selective IBEX35 index are already part of the GECV. In terms of employment, it accounts for about 5 % of the Spanish working population, and a growing innovative SMEs representation providing and ambitious approach to seize opportunities resulting in creating value and prosperity in view of environmental challenges is also part of the group. The Spanish Green Growth Group is currently an association created to promote public-private partnership and to make progress to respond to environmental challenges. Climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions, the decarbonisation of the economy and the promotion of a circular economy will undoubtedly come from the business fabric and are essential in a prosperous society. Twitter Linkedin Facebook ...