The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) released version 0.2 of its beta framework for nature-related risk and opportunity management and disclosure. This release builds on the first iteration release in March and features TNFD’s approach to metrics and additional guidance for market participants to start pilot testing. Ongoing market feedback will support the further design and development of the TNFD recommendations due in September 2023. ...

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....

Image: Spanish Association fot Arboriculture. As part of the fifth edition of the Madrid Cities Forum, held at IFEMA between 14 and 16 June, nature and the urban landscape once again featured prominently on the programme, as essential elements in the design of cities. Among the numerous participative thematic sessions that made up the programme of the 2022 edition of the Madrid event, there was one dedicated to the "Green City: Ideas for designing the biophilic city", structured in two dialogue tables that were characterised by the constructive atmosphere generated by the speakers and the facilitator, Inmaculada Gascón, member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Arboriculture, on how to tackle the challenges facing today's cities from very diverse perspectives: climate change, biodiversity, green public space, etc.Our colleague Alicia Delgado, an expert in biodiversity, participated in the second panel discussion, in which Luis Tejero, coordinator of the Climate Change Programme Red Clever Cities of Madrid City Council, also took part. Other participants in the panel were Alberto Ipas, member of World Urban Parks, World Parks Academy, AEPJP and ANPR Mexico, Ignacio Arenales, technician of the Green Infrastructure Management Association (ASEJA), Ana Méndez, co-founder and CMO of Creando Redes, and Ana Macías, doctor and forestry engineer and president of the Arbocity Association.During the discussion, Alicia shared her vision on the importance of taking biodiversity into account in the design of business and industrial premises to improve the well-being and quality of the environment for workers and visitors, an aspect that is being promoted at European level through the LIFE BooGI-BOP project. Other issues discussed were social justice with regard to the ability of part of the population to be able to adopt certain measures taking into account family income, the suitability and degree of success of some existing proposals for cities’ renaturalisation, the need to place value on green public spaces as democratic spaces that provide ecosystem services (benefits) to the population and the peculiarities associated with their management.Read on at Madrid Cities Forum Comparte Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email...

The recommendations of the European Union project Align – which support businesses, financial institutions and other stakeholders in developing standardised natural capital accounting practices, including a standardised approach to biodiversity measuremen– are now opened for public consultation. Are you a micro, small, medium or large business or a third party? The members of the EU Align consortium, in which Ecoacsa collaborates, value your opinion and look forward to hearing from you. Provide your feedback on the recommendations!...

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 remarkable economic growth and prosperity of the last 50 years has come at a high cost to natural systems. Even though more than half of global GDP is moderately or highly dependent on nature, human activities have already severely altered 75% of terrestrial and 66% of marine ecosystems. On a per capita basis, in the last two decades alone while produced capital has doubled and human capital has increased by 13%, natural capital has declined by 40%. A recent report by Business for Nature and The B Team warns that the world spends 2% of global GDP per year on subsidies that damage the environment; whereas investing in nature could generate more than €9 billion and 395 million jobs by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. Given this reality, we are facing a critical moment in which the action and collaboration of all market actors is crucial to move towards a new paradigm in the way we relate to nature that considers the value it provides us. On Thursday 24 March we organize together with Fundación Alternativas a round table discussion with representatives from business, finance, conservation and associations to learn about the challenges faced by their respective organizations and stakeholders when considering natural capital as an asset, and how they are working and establishing alliances to support progress towards a positive world for nature and people. This social innovation action is part of the Nature-Incore initiative, funded by Fundación Biodiversidad of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), through the Empleaverde Programme, an initiative to promote and improve employment, entrepreneurship and the environment. It is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) within the framework of the Operational Programme for Employment, Training and Education 2014-2020. The challenges of incorporating natural capital into company culture AGENDA 09:30 am Welcoming José Luis de la Cruz Leiva, head of Sustainability at Fundación Alternativas 09:35 am Nature at the heart of decision making as a tool for change David Álvarez, executive director at Ecoacsa. 09:50 am Discussion panel Luis M. Jiménez Herrero, president at ASYPS (Association for the Sustainability and Development of Societies) Isabel Tomé, head of Biodiversity, Environment Department, Directorate of Innovation and Sustainability, Iberdrola Julieta Valls, head of Corporate Alliances at SEO/BirdLife José Antonio Barberá, head of Sustainability at Bankinter Moderator: José Luis de la Cruz Leiva 10:45 am Questions 11:15 am Closing José Luis de la Cruz Leiva, head of Sustainability at Fundación Alternativas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7WZ6R7gjbM Share Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email...

With the aim of highlighting the important contribution made by traditional salt pans to the generation of shared value for nature, society and the business fabric, and to halt the decline of the cultural and natural heritage of the natural and protected areas they occupy, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN-Med) y SEO/BirdLife (representative in Spain of the BirdLife International federation), have joined forces to organise a training and participatory workshop on the application of the natural capital approach in artisan saltworks....

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. ...