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Engagement of the business sector is increasingly seen as an important aspect of the successful implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity as well as fulfilling the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Businesses are very often at the “sharp end” of biodiversity impacts, as they are directly involved with extracting, growing, or otherwise producing and processing the items that modern economies depend upon. Even those companies whose business models are not directly dependent upon natural processes (ecosystem services) can have significant indirect impacts, either through financing, selling, or otherwise enabling influential activities of “front-line” industries.
The Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity stems from the ongoing engagement of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the business sector. The CBD Secretariat, along with various partners, has been endeavoring to “encourage establishment of the national and regional business and biodiversity initiatives by facilitating a forum of dialogue among Parties and other Governments, business, and other stakeholders, with a particular focus on the global level
The overall mandate of the national initiatives is to “…encourage dialogue amongst stakeholders…and to help raise awareness of biodiversity and sustainability issues amongst the business community. They should also work to assist companies in understanding and mainstreaming the goals of the Convention and the Aichi Targets
”. This means that, ideally, the vast majority of companies will eventually be on a sustainable ecological footing with a vastly reduced negative impact upon biodiversity (or even a positive impact). In order to achieve this, it will be important to target efforts where they will be maximally beneficial while simultaneously leveraging and synergizing the work being undertaken by other partner organizations.
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The Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity: Strategy and Direction
There are currently seven established National or Regional Initiaves, and eleven under development.
The initiatives under development are:
Australia India Namibia Portugal Rwanda Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka The United Kingdom
The established initiatives, along with descriptions and contact information, are below: