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The Eftec Final Summary Report to the European Commission presents a number of potential policy intervention areas where innovative financing actions could be considered at the EU level, including coordinated policy developments for compliance markets (e.g. on biodiversity offsets and bio carbon credits), or backing new investment opportunities on natural capital (e.g. in Green Infrastructure). Eftec is in particular interested in approaches for restoration financed with private sector funding. Finance Mechanisms for Biodiversity in the EU: Existing and prospective funding mechanisms for biodiversity Workshop summary - The European Union Business and Biodiversity Platform, September 2012 [Published: 2012]
Guidelines, Europe
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The EU Habitats and Birds Directives are the cornerstones of the Europe’s biodiversity policy. At their heart lies the creation of a network of sites designed to safeguard Europe’s rarest and most endangered species and habitat types – the Natura 2000 Network. There is no automatic exclusion of NEEI activities in and around Natura 2000. Instead, extractive activities shall follow the provisions outlined in Article 6 of the Habitats Directive to ensure that these activities do not adversely affect the integrity of Natura 2000 sites... The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how best to ensure that NEEI developments are compatible with the provisions of the two EU Directives. It focuses in particular on the procedures to follow under Article 6 and provides clarifications on certain key aspects of this approval process in the context of NEEI developments in particular. EC Guidance on: Undertaking Non-Energy Extractive Activities in Accordance with Natura 2000 Requirements - European Union, 2011 [Published: 2011]
Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Europe
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Forests and Biodiversity is one of a series of seven Guidelines that support the United Kingdom Forestry Standard (UKFS). The UKFS and Guidelines outline the context for forestry in the UK, set out the approach of the UK governments to sustainable forest management, define standards and requirements, and provide a basis for regulation and monitoring – including national and international reporting. Forests and biodiversity: UK Forestry Standard Guidelines - Forestry Comission, Edinburgh, 2011 [Published: 2011]
Guidelines, Forestry, Europe
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This briefing outlines what biodiversity loss, and measures to halt this loss, could mean for companies in five major industry sectors, first in terms of risk, but also in terms of opportunities. Types of strategic decisions which some of the world’s leading corporations are now making to become resilient to these risks and realize opportunities are also highlighted. Bio-positive: Strategies for Sustainable Business Growth - PwC for the World Economic Forum, 2011 [Published: 2011]
Guidelines, Global
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Organizations around the world interact with the ecosystems around them: having positive or negative impact, and reaping benefits. ‘Ecosystem services’ (ES) is a term used to capture the benefits that people derive from ecosystems, such as food, pharmaceutical products, timber, soil fertility, pollination, and freshwater. This publication elaborates on what ES are, and in which ways organizations interact with them. Companies impacting the services that ecosystems bring are increasingly aware of the need to factor ES into their long term strategy and operations, and manage them responsibly. Approach for reporting on ecosystem services: Incorporating ecosystem services into an organization’s Toppics performance disclosure - Global Reporting Initiative, 2011 [Published: 2011]
Guidelines, Global
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In this report, the Natural Value Initiative (NVI) reviews 30 companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors with total market capitalisation of £1,638 billion (US$ 2,545 billion, Euro 1,900 billion)...It evaluates progress made by the sectors in addressing the issue of biodiversity, responding to emerging thinking on ecosystem services and developing robust systems to manage risk and realise opportunity associated with these issues. The report outlines company responses, identifies strengths and areas of common weakness, makes recommendations for improvement and offers further actions for investors, government and the industry. It is these suggestions for improvement that the investors involved in this study are using in their ongoing dialogue with companies identified as underperforming within the analysis. Tread lightly: Biodiversity and ecosystem services risk and opportunity management within the extractive industry - Grigg, A., Harper, M. and Verbunt, S, The Natural Value Initiative, 2011 [Published: 2011]
Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Global
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Between 1999 and 2003 Unilever published Good Agricultural Practice documents for their key crops. Over the years, they realised that while there are clear differences between the management of annual and perennial crops, temperate and tropical farming systems and different soils, landscapes and social settings, good farming everywhere has much in common. This collection of sustainable practices has been created and tested by Unilever's network of practical agronomists and farmers, consultants and sustainability advisers over the last six years and is applicable to all their agricultural raw materials. Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code - Unilever, 2010 [Published: 2010]
Standards, Global
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The Greening Blue Energy project aims to facilitate well-balanced and science-based discussions on impacts on the marine environment from offshore renewable energy developments.
The guidance provides a synthesis of the current knowledge status on the potential impacts of offshore wind energy on the marine environment for project developers and offshore wind farm operators, using a model familiar to those considering impact assessment tools. Greening Blue Energy: Identifying and managing the biodiversity risks and opportunities of offshore renewable energy - Wilhelmsson, D. et al., IUCN, Gland, Switzerland [Published: 2010]
Guidelines, Global
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This document is a proposal to Holcim Ltd. to establish a Biodiversity Management System (BMS) for its worldwide operations and to implement it in a consistent and professional manner, by creating the necessary instruments and making appropriate provisions to integrate biodiversity considerations into policy, strategic and operational processes. Biodiversity Management System: Proposal for the integrated management of biodiversity at Holcim Sites - Ch. Imboden, Gross, D., Meynell, P-J., Richards, D., Stalmans, M. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 2010  [Published: 2010]
Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Global
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The Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs will help public interest lawyers, grassroots advocates, and community members understand mining EIAs, identify flaws in mining project plans, and explore ways that mining companies can reduce the public health hazards associated with mining. Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs - Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), Eugene, OR, USA, 2010 [Published: 2010]
Guidelines, Extractive Industries, Global
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