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Call for case studies and projects on ecosystem services valuation in complex and irregular forests

The partners of the European COMFOR SUDOE project invite experts, research organizations, academia, conservation entities and other social actors to propose papers and case studies on the identification of the most appropriate methodologies for the valuation of natural assets and ecosystem services provided by complex forests of Southwestern Europe. The call also seeks to identify projects that integrate the monetary and non-monetary valuation of natural assets and ecosystem services of mixed and irregular forests in management models or whose application has resulted in significant changes in the habitats where the valuation was conducted.

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Towards a financial system that extends its focus from climate change to the challenges of addressing nature-related risks

The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) and the International Network for Sustainable Financial Policy Insights, Research, and Exchange (INSPIRE) have launched a joint Study Group on ‘Biodiversity and Financial Stability’. The objective is respond to the need identified by central banks and supervisors consisted in extending their focus from climate change to the challenges of addressing the implications of broader nature-related risks and the conservation of nature and biodiversity. Doing this will involve understanding the impact of finance on the provision of key ecosystem services as well as the consequences of biodiversity loss for financial stability. To respond to this emerging agenda, the Study Group will conduct a programme of research and dialogue to address these challenges and propose recommendations for action and further inquiry. The goal of the research initiative is to establish an evidence-based approach to how central banks and supervisory authorities could fulfil their mandates in the context of biodiversity loss, with a focus on land-use and deforestation.

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Biodiversity business talks

Biodiversity is crucial in urban development, it is a core component in sustainable planning, for the better of our cities and the environment in general. Industrial and commercial premises hold an enormous potential in terms of climate change mitigation and the promotion of environmental quality. In April, partners of EU LIFE BooGI-BOP project organize along with the Province of Vorarlberg an online-series of three talks to promote dialogue between eco-boosting proponents and biodiversity committed planners and clients.

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Align Project: Towards biodiversity metrics alignment for business

The Align project – Aligning accounting approaches for nature – will support businesses, financial institutions and other stakeholders in developing standardised natural capital accounting practices, including a standardised approach to biodiversity measurement. The project is funded by the European Commission, and led by WCMC Europe, Capitals Coalition, Arcadis, ICF and UNEP-WCMC.

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How to boost a social ecological transition

The Digital Panel of the Ethics and SDG Commission of the EU Chamber of Technology (EUTEC, for its acronym in English) is promoting a series of online sessions on different current topics that seek to facilitate knowledge and discussion in order to increase the competitiveness of Europe, European companies and their professionals. Ecoacsa has been invited to participate in the event dedicated to “Social Ecological Transition”, which seeks to address solutions that respond to the current ecological and economic situation, as well as the biophysical and cultural crises in which we are immersed.

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Roadmap for the development of a comprehensive set of EU sustainability reporting standards

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has released the report Proposals for a relevant and dynamic EU Sustainability Reporting Standard-Setting, in the framework of the preparatory work for the elaboration of possible EU non-financial reporting standards in a revised EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive. This report proposes a roadmap for the development of a comprehensive set of EU sustainability reporting standards.

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B-INTACT, Biodiversity Integrated Assessment and Computation Tool in the AFOLU sector

Ecoacsa has participated in the external expert group advising the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in the development of B-INTACT (Biodiversity Integrated Assessment and Computational Tool). This tool seeks to provide a thorough biodiversity assessment of project-level activities in the AFOLU sector, taking on both a quantitative and a qualitative approach.

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