Background - Business and Biodiversity

Business is explicitly referred to in the Convention text (i.e. in articles 10 and 16), in many COP decisions adopted over the years, and in the Convention’s Strategic Plan. Many of the Convention's Programmes of Work are directly relevant to business.

At its eighth meeting (Curitiba, Brazil, 20-31 March 2006), the Conference of the Parties reiterated the importance of engaging the business community in the implementation of the Convention. Decision VIII/17, the first to focus exclusively on business, covers the engagement of Parties with the business community when developing and implementing national biodiversity strategies and action plans; the participation of business in Convention processes; the compilation, dissemination and strengthening of the ‘business case’ for biodiversity; and the compilation and development of good biodiversity practice.

Decision IX/26, negotiated at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2008, includes a Framework of Priority Actions on Business during the period 2008-2010.

Business and the 2010 Biodiversity Challenge is an initiative that aims to strengthen business engagement in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as a means of working towards the 2010 target . The first Business and the 2010 Biodiversity Challenge meeting, held in London, from 20 to 21 January 2005, focused on engaging industries with a direct footprint on biodiversity and those that impact biodiversity primarily through their supply chains. The second meeting, held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 3 to 5 November 2005, aimed to further develop the outcomes of the first meeting, and explore new ideas for engaging business in the implementation of the Convention by expanding participation and addressing two additional groups: industries dealing with issues related to access and benefit-sharing and the financial services sector. The third meeting is being held 30 November - 2 December 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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