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April 2017 - The future of corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure at the Conservation Optimism Summit, London

In April 2017 the Conservation Optimism summit played host to a very special session in London, which brought together representatives from business, NGOs and universities to discuss the emerging field of business & biodiversity. Our session focused on biodiversity accounting (e.g., the development of biodiversity metrics for business) and disclosure (e.g., communicating biodiversity performance in corporate social responsibility reports).

This session brought together 12 amazing panel members to share the latest research and best practice examples of business’ involvement in biodiversity conservation. Please watch and share our three-part video series on the outcomes of the Business & Biodiversity session:

Part 1: Summary of the panel discussion on corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure

Part 2: Highlights from the corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure Q&A session

Part 3: Five panel members’ take-home messages from the session. Featuring: Mark Gough, (Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition), Giulia Carbone (Deputy Director, IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme), Martina di Fonzo (Postdoctoral researcher, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute), Pippa Howard (Director of Business & Biodiversity, Fauna & Flora International) and Keith Tuffley (CEO of The B Team).

I would like to thank the Natural Environment Research Council for sponsoring the corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure session and the Conservation Optimism summit. I would also like to thank all of our 12 panel members for participating in a really optimistic discussion around the future for corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure. 

Panel 1

Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation, Kering

Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Balfour Beatty

Chris Eves, Forestry Officer, Zoological Society of London

Martina di Fonzo, Postdoctoral researcher, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Panel 2:

Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition

Clément Feger, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, and the Luc Hoffmann Institute

Francis Vorhies, Executive Director, Earthmind

Richard Barker, Professor of Accounting, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Panel 3:

Keith Tuffley, CEO of The B Team

Giulia Carbone, Deputy Director, IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme

Pippa Howard, Director of Business and Biodiversity, Fauna & Flora International

Bhaskar Vira, Founding Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

 

April 2017 - Decision triggers for evidence-based conservation management webinar

Prue presented a webinar for members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management on her recent Journal of Applied Ecology paper "Conservation practitioners’ perspectives on decision triggers for evidence-based management". You can read a blog about the paper here, view the original paper here, and see the webinar in the YouTube link below:

 

December 2016 - CBD COP13

Prue attended the Business and Biodiversity forum at the Convention for Biological Diversity COP13 in Mexico in December. Prue also presesnted a draft report on “International biodiversity targets and their relevance to business". This report was presented to the CBD Global Partnership meeting for comment and to investigate the potential for future expansion of this work with the global partners.

 

November 2016 - A Collaborative Platform for Making Change: Scaling up actions for biodiversity conservation workshop, London

Prue teamed up with BP, FFI and the UNE-WCMC to facilitate the Making Change workshop in London. This workshop was attended by representatives from 20 business and industry associations, 10 NGOs and intergovernmental organisation, and 3 research organisations. The final workshop report is now available here.

 

September 2016 - World Conservation Congress, Hawaii

Prue attended the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, where she will be delivering an invited presentation "Managing for successful engagements: an academic perspective” in the session "Multi-stakeholder dialogue on corporate biodiversity measurement and reporting”. This presentation will contribute to the Business and Biodiversity journey at the WCC. See our Brief Science note on what is needed to take business commitments to nature conservation beyond the crossroads.

 

August 2016 - Early career research & conservation impact blog

Prue blogged about lessons from the field of knoweldge exchange and how these can be used by early career researchers to achieve conservation impact.

 

August 2016 - A Collaborative Platform for Making Change: Scaling up actions for biodiversity conservation webinar

In preparation for the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, the Making Change team (BP, FFI, UNE-WCMC and the University of Oxford) hosted a webinar to outline and disucss key IUCN motions relevant to businesses. This webinar was follwed up with a workshop in November 2016 - see above!

 

July 2016 - Society for Conservation Biology Oceania conference, Australia

Prue presented on "Lessons from businesses working to achieve corporate level NNL of biodiversity" in a special symposium on No Net Loss of Marine Biodiversity.

 

June 2016 - Is no net loss of #marine #biodiversity feasible blog

Prue blogged about how we can take lessons from terrestrial no net loss (NNL) projects and translate these to the marine environment.

 

May 2016 - Introducing KE@ICCS

Knoweldge Exchange at ICCS is launched - see our Brief Science note on the work we are doing with businesses to incorporate conservation research into business decision-making!

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