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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.

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Advocacy and policy

The Cluster's advocacy plans in 2016 focus on the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

The Congress in Hawaii has been identified as a priority event for the WBCSD in 2016 due to its pivotal role in determining the global conservation agenda out to 2020. It brings together world leaders and decision-makers from government, business and civil society. The Congress presents a unique opportunity to demonstrate business leadership in innovative and transformative solutions as we scale up from ambition to implementation. 

Events


2016

6 June, London, UK
Global Landscapes Foum, The Investment Case

28 Aug.-2 Sept, Stockholm, Sweden
World Water Week

1-10 September, Honolulu, Hawaii
IUCN World Conservation Congress

2-3 December, Cancun, Mexico
UN CBD Business Forum

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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Uta Jungermann
Manager, Ecosystems & Landscape Management
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Tel : +41 22 839 31 02
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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:

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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