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Overview

Business and ecosystems are linked. All businesses affect ecosystems and rely on the critical provisioning services (freshwater, fiber, food) and regulatory services (climate regulation, flood control, water purification, waste treatment) they provide.

However, 60% of the world’s ecosystem services have been degraded over the past 50 years. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) – initiated by the G8+5 environment ministers (2007-2010) – revealed that the costs of ecosystem degradation are huge, e.g. US$ 2-5 trillion of ecosystem services are lost each year just from deforestation. This scale of loss and value is clearly material to companies. Ecosystem change presents both business opportunities and risks.

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The WBCSD response

The WBCSD has been working on ecosystems issues for 15 years and a formal Focus Area on Ecosystems was established in 2007. Links have been strengthened with leading organizations that influence policy frameworks and societal expectations.

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Through the Action2020 Platform for ActionWBCSD and its member companies have identified a set of Societal Must-Haves for the Ecosystems & Land Use cluster that constitute the targets for work.

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Business Solutions

WBCSD and its members have identified a number of business solutions that can contribute to achieving these targets. Their common feature is that they all require a landscape approach, i.e. to consider the multi-functionality of landscapes. They are only part of the answer, as new solutions still need to be added to this list in order to scale up business impact.

These solutions are complemented by the WBCSD Redefining Value work on Natural Capital, in particular the development of tools to measure, value, manage and mitigate ecosystem impacts and dependencies.

Investing
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Natural Infrastructure
 

 Restoring Productivity
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Degraded Land

   Land Use Criteria
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Advocacy and policy

Ankara The Cluster's preliminary advocacy plans for 2015 focus on the “Road to Ankara”, a road map that will lead to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCDCOP12 in Ankara in October and beyond (i.e. the UNFCCC COP21 in December).

Events

2014

CBD COP12

12-14 Oct. Pyeongchang, Korea
Business Forum at CBD COP12

12-19 Nov. Sydney, Australia
World Parks Congress

7 Dec. Lima, Peru
Global Landscapes Forum 2014


 

8-12 Dec, Washington DC, US
ACES, A Community on Ecosystem Services

 


2015

21-24 Jan. Davos, Switzerland
World Economic Forum Davos Summit.

14-18 March, Sendai, Japan
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

19-25 April, Berlin, Germany
3rd Global Soil Week

28-29 July, Kubuqi Desert, Ordos China
5th Kubuqi International Desert Forum

12-23 October, Ankara, Turkey
UNCCD COP12

 

23-24 Nov. Edinburgh, UK
World Forum on Natural Capital

Dec 2015. Paris, France
UNFCCC COP21

Publications
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Biodiversity for Business - A guide to using knowledge products delivered through IUCN International Union
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Eco4Biz
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Picking up the Pace - Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes
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Biodiversity and ecosystem services scaling up business solutions
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Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
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Contacts
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Violaine Berger
Director, Ecosystems & Landscape Management
Ecosystems & Agriculture
WBCSD
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Dalma Somogyi
Associate, Ecosystems & Landscape Management
WBCSD
Tel : +41 22 839 31 31
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Training & Tools

WBCSD has developed training material, tools and approaches to help companies better manage their ecosystem-related impacts and dependence. This includes:

The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) program

The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR)

The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV)

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Case Studies
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Hitachi: Valuing Water Supply in the Maldives
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Holcim: Securing permits by restoring habitats
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Holcim: Rejuvenating native habitats through thirty years of progressive rehabilitation
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Weyerhaeuser: Wetland Mitigation Banking Projects on Southern Timberlands
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Véolia Water : Preserving water quality in a sustainable manner
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