Biodiversity supplies a wide variety of services on which businesses depend. Examples include crop pollination, water filtration, flood attenuation, erosion control and many others. However, biodiversity is under severe threat globally and the private sector is one of the primary drivers of its degradation and loss. Increasingly, biodiversity is being recognised as a key part of corporate sustainability. Sustainable Development Goals 14 “life below water” and 15 “life on land” make biodiversity a top priority on the international development agenda.
What is biodiversity?
The international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) defines “biodiversity” as the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part. This includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.
What is biodiversity mainstreaming?
Integrating biodiversity into your business strategies and activities is a process called biodiversity mainstreaming. Your biodiversity mainstreaming journey will raise a number of questions for your business and its stakeholders. Answering these questions will require strategic thinking, time and resources. To help you identify these key questions and address the associated uncertainties and challenges, we have developed biodiversity mainstreaming guidelines.
Our complete biodiversity mainstreaming guidelines will be released later in 2019.