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The Little Biodiversity Finance Book is an excellent sourcebook for recording conservation efforts and provides a global assessment of current available financing for biodiversity. It provides a simple and easy introduction to existing financial mechanisms in support of biodiversity. As such, it will be an indispensable tool, for understanding the variety of financing options being used for meeting the three objectives of the Convention for both newcomers to this field and national and international policy makers. The Little Biodiversity Finance Book - Parker, C., Cranford, M., Oakes, N., Leggett, M. ed., Global Canopy Programme; Oxford, 2012 [Published: 2012]
Guidelines, Global
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The UN Global Compact and IUCN have developed this framework for companies to explore the issue of BES as it relates to their activities and corporate sustainability.The overarching objective of this framework is to contribute to the integration of BES into business activities and to firmly position BES conservation among the private sector by engaging the top management of companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of BES policies and practices, in order to reduce risks, manage related impacts and seize opportunities. A Framework for Corporate Action on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - UN Global Compact and IUCN,  2012. [Published: 2012]
Guidelines, Global
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The Ethical BioTrade Standard builds on the BioTrade Principles and Criteria that were developed by the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative. The first version of the Ethical BioTrade standard was adopted in 2007 under the title ‘Verification Framework for Native Natural Ingredients’. This is the second draft version of the Ethical BioTrade Standard. The revision was needed to take into account experiences with the application of the 2007 standard in different parts of the world, and at different stages of the supply chain. STD01 - Ethical BioTrade Standard - Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), 11 April 2012 [Published: 2012]
Standards, Global
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This discussion paper examines the notion of safeguards and explores guiding principles that may be useful for the design and application of safeguards in Biodiversity Financing Mechanisms under the Convention on Biological Diversity. It builds on lessons learned from existing legal and policy processes, in particular the REDD+ discussions on safeguards under the UNFCCC and beyond. While scaling up biodiversity finance can be a means for contributing to the achievement of the three goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the development of new BFMs has also generated concerns over potential problems. Discussion Paper: Safeguards for Scaling-Up Biodiversity Finance and Possible Guiding Principles - Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Maria Schultz, Thomas Hahn, Sarah Cornell, Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Hyderabad, India, 7 October 2012 [Published: 2012]
Guidelines, Global
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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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