Business and Biodiversity

Nature is everybody's business. IUCN aims to transform the way business values, manages and invests in nature, highlighting the opportunities and benefits of a more sustainable approach.

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Business and government engagements
are key for nature

 

Business engagement

CHF 51M

value of IUCN projects with a business engagement component

Government engagement

100+

countries that have adopted or are developing biodiversity compensation or offset policies

Sustainable investment

 34 %

increase in global sustainable investment between 2016-2018


How we engage

In order to transform the way business values, manages and invests in nature, IUCN engages companies and key sectors to identify their impacts on biodiversity and create innovative solutions to address this challenge.


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News

  • A targeted-based approach to biodiversity offsets Photo: GRID Arendal-Lawrence Hislop

    Biodiversity offsetting is contentious: here’s an alternative

    23.12.2019

    A guest blog by Dr Jeremy Simmonds at The University of Queensland explains an alternative approach to compensating for the residual impacts of development, in a manner that is explicitly linked to the achievement of jurisdictional biodiversity...

  • IUCN-PANORAMA with A Rocha Ghana focuses on shea nut value chain Photo: A Rocha Ghana

    How to generate private financing flows for conservation outcomes

    20.12.2019

      “We don’t need 50 deals, we need 50,000 deals” was one of the main messages from the recent IUCN-PANORAMA webinar exploring how to generate private financing for conservation outcomes.

  • Selous Game Reserve, World Heritage, Tanzania All rivers within Selous Game Reserve belong to the Rufiji system, Tanzania's largest basin Photo: IUCN / Tilman Jaeger

    IUCN-outsourced paper finds no proof Rufiji dam project can meet Tanzania’s development needs

    05.12.2019

    A strategic environmental assessment meant to guide decisions on the Rufiji hydropower project in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve World Heritage site is completely inadequate, according to an independent technical review commissioned and issued today by IUCN....

Publications

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Mangroves are natural capital. Photo: IUCN-Imene Meliana

Business and Natural Capital

IUCN is a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, which has created a Natural Capital Protocol – a framework designed to help business identify, measure and value their impacts on natural capital.

 

Business operating in KBAs Photo: A.J. Prlumptre-WCS

Business and Key Biodiversity Areas

On behalf of the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Partners, IUCN has released new guidelines for businesses operating in KBAs. The development of these guidelines was made possible with the generous support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

 

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Thumbnail_Deep-sea mining Photo: IUCN

Deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining is the process of retrieving mineral deposits from the deep sea – the area of the ocean below 200 m which covers about 65% of the Earth’s surface.  There is growing interest...
Issues brief -  Palm oil and biodiversity Photo: IUCN

Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...
thumbnail_Marine plastics issues brief Photo: IUCN

Marine plastics

Plastic is a synthetic organic polymer made from petroleum with properties ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, building and construction, household and sports...
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