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. ...

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....

Within the framework of the work carried out under the umbrella of the United Nations System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (UN SEEA), the United Nations Statistical Unit (UNSD) has presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress the case study Business and Natural Capital Accounting Study: Quarry restoration by Holcim - Spain, developed with the technical support and expertise of Ecoacsa and the participation of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, the University Rey Juan Carlos. The publication is part of the EU-funded Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) project and examines the alignment of Holcim's natural capital accounting approach in Spain with the SEEA EA (System of Environmental Economic Accounting-Ecosystem Accounting)....

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. ...