Working With Business & Applying Conservation Science
Why we are working with business on biodiversity
We can see a positive shift in industry with businesses increasingly taking notice of biodiversity. This is not only to protect it for its own intrinsic value. Progressive business leaders now realise that accounting for nature makes sense for the sustainable growth of businesses around the world. Prue and the ICCS team of scientists are talking to industry representatives and listening to their perspectives on biodiversity and their business. We understand that whilst businesses want to account for nature, they are facing a range of challenges around how to benefit biodiversity through their corporate strategies and day-to-day operations. Industry have articulated challenges, including how to effectively measure, evaluate and report on biodiversity performance. There is a clear need for pragmatic solutions that incorporate cutting edge conservation research for businesses to implement, which can help businesses create positive outcomes for nature.
Applying conservation science to improve corporate biodiversity strategies
The field of conservation science has seen a proliferation of research into ways to measure and protect biodiversity in recent decades. While this science can provide businesses with key strategic information and guidance on how to minimize their impacts on biodiversity, it can be difficult to access for many businesses.
Prue is working with KE @ ICCS business partners (BP, Sainsbury’s and Kering), facilitating improved two-way communication between conservation scientists and industry, and applying conservation research to help address their specific challenges. These challenges were first articulated in the NERC Impact Acceleration Account workshop entitled: “Measuring the outcomes of corporate biodiversity strategies”. This workshop brought businesses and scientists together in late 2014 to identify key challenges and to develop a progressive research agenda that would assist businesses in developing, implementing and delivering corporate biodiversity strategies.
The workshop included representatives from businesses from a wide range of sectors, who identified challenges that they themselves faced in practice, such as:
The conservation science that can address these challenges already exists. Through her role as Knowledge Exchange fellow, Prue will connect businesses with the cutting edge conservation research undertaken by the ICCS team of scientists and a range of international collaborators. Our extensive experience in conservation science, environmental monitoring, modelling, and decision support will enable us to apply a range of scientific techniques that can help businesses incorporate biodiversity into their corporate strategies and day-to-day operations. By working closely with key business partners, we will develop sector-specific case studies that illustrate how conservation science can be effectively applied to address current and emerging business challenges. The outcomes of this work will be communicated widely to contribute to to cross-sector engagement and learning around how businesses can measure, evaluate and report on biodiversity performance.