Ecosystems & Landscape Management

Business both affects ecosystems, and relies on their critical provisioning services such as water, fiber, food; and regulatory services such as climate regulation, flood control and water purification. Over the past 50 years, 60% of the world’s ecosystem services have been degraded. Deforestation alone equals US$2-5 trillion in lost ecosystem value. Companies with global operations and supply chains are seeing challenges due to the loss of critical services that ecosystems provide, while ecosystems are also presenting new business opportunities.

Highlights

Investing in natural infrastructure makes business sense

Natural infrastructure solutions can be cost-efficient, reduce a company’s risk exposure, and have compelling co-benefits for society and the environment.

Land Degradation Neutrality

Land is a crucial asset for business. Land degradation induced changes have a direct impact on the cost structure and profitability of a company. However, the costs of land degradation and the benefits of restoring land are not well understood and often not fully accounted for in public or private decision-making processes.

Mainstreaming biodiversity at the Convention on Biodiversity's 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13)

Business and Biodiversity Forum, on 2-3 Dec. in Cancun, Mexico. The Forum will offer an opportunity for CEOs and other high-level business representatives and experts from around the world to reflect on and share their views of the essential role of biodiversity in sustaining economic prosperity and livelihoods.

News and Insights

Next Event

Liaison Delegate Meeting 2017

27 - 30 March, 2017,
 Montreux, Switzerland

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Council Member Meeting 2017

16 - 20 October, 2017
, Mexico City, Mexico
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Resources

Impact on Sustainable Development Goals

Ecosystems are a global priority. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 tasks governments, business and other stakeholders to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”. SDG 14 seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

The Ecosystems & Landscape Management work also contributes to most of the other SDGs: