photo-biotoolsBiodiversity Advisory Services

Biotools for Business

Our advisory services assist private, public and non-profit actors to care for our planet.

Please scroll down this page for an overview of our clients from the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Recent assignments

  • Biodiversity strategy advisor for a planned gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea

  • Biodiversity audits of assessment and management plans for a gas pipeline across the Black Sea, a coal mine and transport expansion in Mozambique and a bauxite mine and harbour expansion in Guinea in terms of IFC Performance Standard 6

  • A scoping paper on conservation finance within and outside IUCN to develop a strategic approach

  • A guidance document on biodiversity responsible management for the oil production sector in Russia

  • A working paper on the assessing the co-benefits of disaster risk management

  • Area-based conservation management plans for an industrial harbour in Yemen and a private wilderness restoration project in Mozambique

  • Training workshop, handbook and online reference library for environmental funds in Africa on engaging with the private sector

  • Development of a new project in Myanmar on filling the traditional knowledge gap in the context of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit sharing for genetic resources

Professional strengths

  • Strategic analysis & policy formulation

  • Programme development & project management

  • Monitoring & evaluation

  • Technical research & report writing

  • Professional training & conferences

Private Sector Clients

  • Africa Futura Wildlife Restoration Lda  – technical advisor to their planned 250,000 wilderness restoration project in Mozambique

  • Credit Suisse – guidance on strategic NGO engagement regarding environmental and social responsibility

  • D’Appolonia – biodiversity specialist for environmental and social auditing against the IFC Performance Standards

  • Danone – coordinated their Wetland Carbon Partnership with IUCN and Ramsar

  • DuPont – biodiversity specialist for their Sustainable Solutions division

  • Eon – development of guidance on managing the biodiversity aspects of offshore wind energy

  • Guinea Alumina Corporation – Lender’s Environmental and Social Consultant (LESC) member responsible for IFC PS6

  • Nord Stream 2 – Senior Biodiversity Advisor for compliance with IFC PS6
  • Petronas – advice on developing corporate policies and strategies on biodiversity, business ethics and water

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers – collaboration on the TEEB for Business Report and the EU Business and Biodiversity Platform

  • Shell – co-author of the IUCN/Shell report on Building Biodiversity Business; guidance on biodiversity action in the Niger Delta

  • South Stream Offshore Gas Pipeline – Lender’s Environmental and Social Consultant (LESC) member responsible for IFC PS6

  • Total – guidance on biodiversity action and independent review processes, particularly in marine and coastal environments

  • Vale – Lender’s Environmental and Social Consultant (LESC) member responsible for IFC PS6 regarding the Nacala Corridor Project

  • Yemen LNG – head of IUCN’s advisory team for marine biodiversity management

Public Sector Clients

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – on-going support to policy development in the areas of financial resources, business engagement, and incentive measures; facilitator and presenter in the CBD Business Forum; member of the working groups on corporate biodiversity reporting and biodiversity indicators for agricultural commodities

  • European Commission (EC) – technical support to the EC Business @ Biodiversity Platform; discussions on innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity; assessment of non-ODA biodiversity financing

  • European Investment Bank (EIB) – coordination of a tendering process to scope a biodiversity investment fund for Europe

  • Global Environment Facility (GEF) – independent review of the revision of the resource allocation framework; technical adviser to development of a business and biodiversity project in Nigeria and an ABS project in Myanmar; coordination and facilitation of IW:LEARN workshops on valuation of marine and river ecosystems

  • Global Mechanism – support to consultations and policy development on international trade and sustainable land management

  • Government of Kuwait – development and coordination of the first phase of the Independent Review Panel for the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme

  • Government of the Netherlands – support to the development of a new international, voluntary financing scheme for biodiversity under the CBD

  • Government of Switzerland – collaboration for a briefing for African governments in Nairobi on the Green Development Initiative

  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) – research reports on labour and the environment, jobs and foreign direct investment, and on sustainable enterprise; review of HQ/regional offices linkages in the employment programme

  • International Trade Centre (ITC) – research and expert advice on BioTrade, carbon exports and private sector engagement

  • PERSGA – organised workshops on the cost of environmental degradation in Cairo and on valuing marine biodiversity in Jeddah

  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands – coordination of the Wetland Carbon Partnership with Danone and IUCN; guidance on scaling up corporate support

  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) – independent review of the GEF as the financial mechanism; research and guidance on a resource mobilisation strategy

  • United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) – developed and coordinated the first phase of the Independent Review Panel of the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – programmatic and policy support to the BioTrade Initiative, including CBD COPs 8, 9 and 10

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – technical advisor for development of a GEF project to mainstream biodiversity into the oil and gas sector in the Niger Delta and for drafting a guide on biodiversity for the oil production sector in Russia

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – development of biodiversity policy models linked to European agreements; support to the conceptualisation of the Green Economy Initiative (GEI); co-author and inputs into  The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report for business; editorial inputs to a trade and environment report; preparation of a GEF-6 PIF on ABS in Myanmar

  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) – development of strategic guidance on private sector engagement; research paper on the economics of disaster risk reduction

  • World Bank – technical advise on public expenditure review for sustainable land management in Uganda

  • World Heritage Centre – support for the development of a master’s degree programme on World Heritage at Work

Non-Profit Sector Clients

  • Duke University – contributes interns to Earth mind through their Geneva internship programme

  • Graduate Institute, Geneva – guest lectures on the Green Development Initiative and global biodiversity policy

  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) – technical workshop and report on trade and sustainable land management with the Global Mechanism; partner for a Forum on Trade and Natural Resources at the 2015 Nairobi Trade and Development Symposium

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

    • Business & Biodiversity – development of a SME engagement strategy; drafted the ‘business and markets journey’ and subsequent report for the 4th World Conservation Congress; support to due diligence report on engagement with Syngenta
    • Economics – coordinator of the Wetland Carbon Programme with Danone and Ramsar; co-author of the TEEB for Business Report and the IUCN/Shell report on Building Biodiversity Business; analysis of the policy discussion on a green economy; scoping of post-tsunami sustainable tourism opportunities; scoping study on conservation finance within and outside IUCN
    • Marine and Polar – chair of the Yemen LNG Independent Review Panel; technical support to Eon on the biodiversity impacts of offshore wind; organisation and facilitation of technical workshops on marine biodiversity valuation; presentations at the 2014 World Parks Congress; advisor to a new programme on plastics in the oceans
    • Water – organisation and facilitation of a technical workshop on valuation of rivers biodiversity with GEF IW:LEARN
    • Europe – technical support to the EC Business and Biodiversity Platform including preparation of the bid; development of the EU Conference on Business and Biodiversity under the Portuguese Presidency and drafting of the report; scoping a European campaign against overfishing
    • West Asia – economic valuation and business case for the coastal zone of Aqaba, Jordan
    • East and Southern Africa – expert adviser on a programme for sustainable and equitable gas developments in northern Mozambique
    • West and Central Africa – review of the use of economic valuation for biodiversity and livelihoods in West Africa
    • Le Comité Français de l’UICN – review of the first pilot project in Senegal of the Danone Wetland Carbon Partnership

  • Kent State University – contributes interns to Earthling organisation for their Geneva internship programme

  • Life Institute – collaboration in hosting the 4th Expert Meeting on the Green Development Initiative

  • Oxford University

    • Wildlife Research Unit – guest lecturer on business and biodiversity
    • Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment – adviser on their Programme on Protected Areas Resilience and new programmes on verified conservation and wild trade

  • Robert Kennedy College – lecturing and thesis adviser in online MBA and DBA programmes

  • Sustainable Management School Switzerland (SUMAS) – lecturer in international business and biodiversity on their MBA programme

  • University of Klagenfurt – guest lecturer on protected areas finance for their masters degree in protected areas management