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A Business Guide to Development Actors (WBCSD)

The Business Guide to Development Actors is a guide for business managers looking to work with development organizations. This document provides business-oriented profiles of organizations in the sustainable development community. The profiles are prefaced by an analysis of the expanding scope for collaboration between the private sector and development organizations.

A Guide to Biodiversity for the Private Sector (International Finance Corporation)

Designed to help companies operating in emerging markets better understand their relationship to biodiversity issues and how they can effectively manage those issues to improve business performance and benefit from biodiversity.

Biodiversity for business: A guide to using knowledge products delivered through IUCN (2014)

IUCN and WBCSD have joined forces to develop this manual that describes the various knowledge products that exist and explain how they can help businesses in assessing, valuing, managing and reporting on businesses’ impacts and dependencies on biodiversity, and in achieving compliance with environmental standards and certification schemes.

CITES Report on the Technical Workshop on Economic Incentives and Trade Policy

The Report was prepared by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) on behalf of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation

The Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC) is a group of leading civil society organizations, private and public sector financial institutions and academia working to deliver a material increase in private, return-seeking investment in conservation. The CPIC is developing new investment models and funding pipelines that will help close the current conservation funding gap and contribute to the global goals for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. More on related resource: http://cpicfinance.com/resources/related-reports/

Conceptual and Methodological Framework for Evaluating the Contribution of Collective Action to Biodiversity Conservation

Resolution XI/4, paragraph 23, approved during COP 11 of the CBD recognized the role of collective action, including by indigenous and local communities, and non-market-based approaches to achieving the objectives of the Convention, and requested the development of an approach to assess the contribution of local resource users and communities’ collective action to the conservation of biodiversity. This report is the first approximation of developing such a methodology.

Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR)

Developed by WRI, in conjunction with WBCSD and the Meridian Institute, this tool enables companies to identify business risks and opportunities arising from company’s dependence and impact on ecosystem services. Can be applied at site, market, product or sector level and can feed into Environmental Impact Assessments. Can also help identify new markets/ products. Following this, an initiative has been developed to determine how ecosystem services can be integrated into existing tools and management systems.

Corporate Ecosystem Valuation

This framework enables companies to consider the actual benefits and value of the ecosystem services they depend upon and impact, giving them new information and insights to include in business planning and financial analysis. This will support improved business decision-making by creating more alignment between the financial, ecological and societal objectives of companies. The guide operationalizes at the company level the framework proposed by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative of the G8 Environment Ministers (2007/2010).

Corporate Guidelines for the Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services Gvces - Center for Sustainability Studies of Getulio Vargas Foundation

This tool is a initiative of GVces - Center for Sustainability Studies of Getulio Vargas Foundation, in partnership with TEEB Regional Local, GIZ, Industry National Confederation of Brazil (CNI) and Brazilian Environmental Ministry (MMA). Those guidelines were created together with a group of 19 companies with the purpose of guiding the elaboration of simplified analyses of economic valuation of ecosystem services that are able to support strategic and tactical business decisions. Easy-to-apply, quick, and low-cost methods were privileged, in such a way to, if not completely, at least partially eliminate the need for support from third party consulting firms specialized in the topic.

Corporate Guidelines for the Economic Valuation of Provisioning Ecosystem Services

This document aims at complementing the Corporate Guidelines for the Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services (DEVESE) by describing a general method for valuation of provisioning ecosystem services that should be applied to most of the ecosystem services that are relevant for the Brazilian economy.

Cuenta Integradade Tierra y Ecosistemas (CITE)Sistema de Contabilidad Ambiental y Económica Integrada de Guatemala

El presente documento forma parte de una serie de publicaciones que pretenden divulgar los principales hallazgos del proceso nacional de formulación del Sistema de Cuentas Ambientales y Económicas Integradas de Guatemala (SCAEI), conocido popularmente como “cuentas verdes” o “cuentas ambientales”. En esta ocasión se presentan los resultados más relevantes de la compilación, para el período 1991-2003, de la Cuenta Integrada de Tierra y Ecosistemas (CITE).

Demystifying Materiality: Hardwiring biodiversity and ecosystem services into finance

The links between financial services, risk and BES have, to date, been weak. Resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services such as freshwater availability have, however, started to present financially material risks and opportunities for bankers, investors and insurers. Hardwiring BES into the heart of business models and core strategies is vital for long-term growth and success. This Briefing is intended for forward-looking financial institutions to operationalise BES in the financial sector.

Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: A Quick Start Package, Montreal, Technical Series No. 77, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (ENCA-QSP)

Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: A Quick Start Package (ENCA-QSP) is a comprehensive approach applicable to all ecosystems, whether natural or modified by anthropogenic activities, with the purposes of measuring the capability of delivering their services now or in the future, directly to people or as inputs to the production of commodities. ENCA-QSP covers quantitative as well as qualitative aspects of ecosystem structures and functions and ultimately measures degradation which may result from human activities or, when it happens, enhancement resulting from sound ecological management.

Ecosystem Review for Impact Assessment - World Resources Institute

"The ESR for IA is a step-by-step method for projects to identify, assess and mitigate their impacts and dependencies on ecosystem services. It is promoted by IFC as a tool to meet PS6 (https://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/a359a380498007e9a1b7f3336b93d75f/Updated_GN6-2012.pdf?MOD=AJPERES)"

Good Practices for Biodiversity Inclusive Impact Assessment and Management Planning

This document is produced for project developers and their consultants responsible for preparing Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs). It summarizes "good practices" for biodiversity inclusive impact assessment and management planning in ESIAs. The document is based on a review and synthesis of various reports and guidance documents from multi-lateral finance institutions (MFIs), government regulators, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It is not intended to replace ESIA guidance, but rather to supplement it where biodiversity is not adequately covered. This document is a companion to Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data.

IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability

The Performance Standards are directed towards IFC clients, providing guidance on how to identify risks and impacts, and are designed to help avoid, mitigate, and manage risks and impacts as a way of doing business in a sustainable way, including stakeholder engagement and disclosure obligations of the client in relation to project-level activities. The Performance Standards may also be applied by other financial institutions. There are eight performance standards relating to: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts; Labor and Working Conditions; Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention; Community Health, Safety, and Security Performance Standard; Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement; Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources Performance; Indigenous Peoples; and Cultural Heritage.

Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) - Natural Capital Project

A mapping tool to enable companies, policy-makers, land managers to input and manipulate data to assess the delivery, distribution and economic value of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN Business and Biodiversity

The Global Business and Biodiversity Programme was established in 2003 to influence and support private partners in addressing environmental and social issues. The Programme's key priority, based on a strategy approved by the IUCN Council, is to engage the business sectors that have a significant impact on natural resources and livelihoods. These include: large 'footprint' industries such as mining and oil and gas; biodiversity-dependent industries including fishing, agriculture and forestry; and, financial services and “green” enterprises such as organic farming, renewable energy and nature-based tourism. IUCN seeks to build an action-based relationship with business that goes beyond Corporate Social Responsibility obligations, addressing the root causes of environmental degradation. The Global Business and Biodiversity Programme provides a wide range of expertise. It builds bridges between stakeholders, carries out independent scientific assessments, and develops conservation policy standards and tools. IUCN's Business Engagement Strategy and its related Operational Guidelines help outline and monitor IUCN’s engagements.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The list of threatened taxa is maintained in a searchable database by the SSC Red List Programme as part of the SSC's Species Information Service (SIS). A subset of the records is provided here through the Search and Expert Search functions on the home page