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Biodiversity Offsets: A Tool for CBD Parties to Consider, and a Briefing on the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme

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Cooperation with Other Conventions, International Organizations and Initiatives And Engagement of Stakeholders (Addendum - Engagement of Business)

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Cooperation with Other Conventions, International Organizations and Initiatives And Engagement of Stakeholders: Revised note by the Executive Secretary

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San Francisco seafood restaurants go sustainable

The Seafood Watch, first created by Monterey Bay Aquarium in the late 1990s, is arguably the best-known guide to sustainably-caught seafood in the U.S. Listing seafood choices in three categories—green (best choices), yellow (good alternatives), and red (avoid)—the guide informs consumers of the ...

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Climate change is a 'big business opportunity for the UK'

UK's first national adaption plan sets out economic opportunities of increasingly more extreme weather, as well as the risks

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More companies are finding sustainability makes sense

BUSINESS and environmental activists are worlds apart — ideologically opposed, distrustful and antagonistic over each other’s motives, right? Those of us who have followed the high-profile daredevil actions of the anti-whaling, anti-palm oil or anti-nuclear campaigners may agree. But the acrimon ...

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Biodiversity tax on industries surprising: Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said on Tuesday that Madhya Pradesh government did not consult it before levying the 2 % biodiversity tax on industries of the state.

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Norwegian Parliament calls for stronger implementation of no-deforestation policy for investments

The Norwegian Parliament has called for the country's pension fund to strengthen its commitment to avoid investing in companies linked to rainforest destruction.

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Let’s make business greener

Water and biodiversity play a significant role in sustaining human life and ensuring welfare. They are essential for securing food, medicines, energy and building materials.

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Improving biodiversity in Hunter mining regions

The New South Wales and Federal governments are working together on a plan to better consider the impact of mining on biodiversity in the Upper Hunter.

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Can banks make a profit by investing in the Great Barrier Reef?

Earlier this month, Australia’s Big Four banks copped a serve over their support of the coal and gas extraction industries, focusing attention on the ways large banks' investment decisions can put the future of the Great Barrier Reef at risk.

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Network sees value biodiversity has for business

SOUTH Africa was the third most biodiverse country in the world, but had given birth to none of the "cool" business solutions to saving biodiversity, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s CEO, Yolan Friedmann, said on Wednesday.

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Oil palm firms team up with Sabah to protect Malua Forest Reserve

Four oil palm firms join hands with Sabah to ensure wildlife continues to thrive and forests flourish in Malua.DEEP within the heart of Sabah lies the 34,000ha Malua Forest Reserve. It has been previously logged but regeneration over the years means that it is still a significant area of rainfor ...

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The private sector could help tackle climate change. What a pity it's left out in the cold

In a stark reminder of our failure to bring man-made greenhouse gases under control, scientists reported last week that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed a level we think we haven’t seen for 3 million years.

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Many Entrepreneurs Claim to Care About Sustainability, Yet Make Decisions That Are Harmful to Environment

May 13, 2013 — Many entrepreneurs claim that they care about sustainability, yet they make decisions that are harmful to the environment.

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Sacrificing the Reef for Industrial Development

SYDNEY, May 14 2013 (IPS) - Mining and port development coupled with decreasing water quality along Australia’s north-eastern coast are threatening the continent’s World Heritage-listed tourist drawcard, the Great Barrier Reef.

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IKEA Co-workers Give Two Green Thumbs Up to Tree Planting!

Today, IKEA co-workers across Canada will show their ongoing commitment to their communities by joining forces with Tree Canada for the 17th annual Pick a Tree, Plant a Tree program. Since the program's inception, IKEA co-workers have planted over 23,000 trees and shrubs, which have the potentia ...

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Rwanda: Private Investors to Run Tourism Business in Parks

Akagera and Nyungwe National Parks, two of the main natural reserves in the country, will soon accommodate private-owned touristic products that can boost tourism business.

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Why green businesses need to fight anti-growth myths

One of the most harmful myths afflicting public policy in many countries at the moment is the notion that any efforts to manage the risks of climate change will hold back economic growth and development.


Sustainable Ocean Summit

22 - 24 April 2013, Washington, United States of America

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Incremental change is not enough - climate, business experts

NEW DELHI (AlertNet) – When it comes to fighting climate change and dealing with other environmental issues, incremental change is no longer enough. Instead, deeper, more disruptive transitions are needed, experts at a business and environmental summit in New Delhi said this week.

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Climate fight needs businesses to sway consumers, says Method pioneer

Governments are not doing enough to tackle environmental challenges, says the co-founder of the green brand

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Is Walmart’s index the best thing since sliced bread?

Can Walmart change the way wheat is grown in America?The company is trying to do just that. Here’s how:Start inside a Walmart store in Laurel, Md. On sale here are nearly 40 brands of flour, many more varieties of bread and countless other products made from wheat, including cookies, cakes, crac ...

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Production sectors cost trillions in damages to world environment

NEW DELHI, India ---Primary production and processing in such sectors as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, mining, oil and gas exploration and utilities cost the world economy $7.3 trillion a year in damage to the environment, health and other vital benefits for humankind, a new United Nations-b ...


Business for the Environment (B4E) Global Summit

15 - 16 April 2013, New Delhi, India

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How to unlock business funding for development projects

There is increasing acknowledgement that the public and private sectors need to work together to build a sustainable future.

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International Paper commits to working with longtime foe to protect endangered forests

In another sign that the global paper industry may be steering toward more sustainable practices following years of bruising activist campaigns and pressure from buyers, International Paper (IP) has committed to identifying and protecting endangered forests and high conservation value areas in t ...

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The next frontier of IT-enabled systems thinking

The next frontier of IT will focus on wicked problems embedded in emergent business systems. One of the most notable yet overlooked areas is the intersection of business, communities, biodiversity and ecosystem services, upon which all rely.

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Ethiopia Leads the Bamboo Revolution

ADDIS ABABA , Apr 8 2013 (IPS) - A combination of an abundance of bamboo and eager foreign investment is making Ethiopia a frontier for the bamboo industrial revolution in Africa, according to this country’s government.

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Gucci Launches Deforestation-Free Handbag Line

It’s not yet passe to ask someone if their purse, shoes, or formal wear were created by a well-known designer. In spite of the global economic downturn, designer goods remain the purchase of choice for some consumers.

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Trade Emerging as a Key Driver of Brazilian Deforestation

Apr. 4, 2013 — A new study published online April 4th in the journal Environmental Research Letters finds that trade and global consumption of Brazilian beef and soybeans is increasingly driving Brazilian deforestation

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APP denies breaking logging promise after WWF allegations

Asia Pulp & Paper has announced that it has not breached its deforestation policy following WWF allegations

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U.S. book industry using 24 percent recycled paper on average

From 2004 to 2010, book publishers increased their use of recycled fiber by nearly five times, from 5 percent to 24 percent on average, according to a new report by the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) and Green Press Initiative.

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Starbucks Increases Ethical Sourcing Practices With New Farm in Costa Rica

This week Starbucks announced it would enhance its ethical sourcing program with the investment in a new farming and research center in Costa Rica

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Comply with marine guidelines – oil coys told

Oil & Gas exploration companies in the country have been advised to adhere to marine protection guidelines aimed at protecting aquatic organisms.

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Time to make the high seas our business — for our future

WHEN the world you inhabit is beset by economic ills, the last thing a sensible society should do is ignore a valuable resource. When your country and continent are doing their best to develop and bring the good things in life to all of their people, the last thing they should do is forgo an opp ...

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Disney buys $3.5M in REDD credits from rainforest conservation project in Peru

The Walt Disney Company has purchased $3.5 million dollars' worth of carbon credits generated via rainforest conservation in Peru, reports Point Carbon.

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Nestlé brews up stronger environmental commitments

Company plans to reduce emissions 35 per cent and energy consumption 25 per cent, while moving to 100 per cent sustainable palm oil

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More Companies Looking to Go Green While Remaining Profitable

Samarinda/Jakarta. Indonesian plantation and logging companies are increasingly balancing their profits and growth with environmental protection, according to industry players, activists and officials.

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Morocco: World Bank Supports Competitiveness and Green Growth in Morocco

Washington — A $160 million loan will support reforms in Morocco's business environment to spur competitiveness and boost growth and job creation in an increasingly competitive global economy.

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Market access poser for palm oil, new move by major consumers to completely avoid using palm oil.

THE market access for palm oil has become a growing debate of late, especially since global palm oil inventories from major producers are bursting at the seams.

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Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Content

Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, on Friday became the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry.

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Gucci launches 'zero-deforestation' handbag

Gucci has rolled out a collection of 'zero-deforestation' handbags.

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Biodiversity offsets to the fore as blue chips call for focus on natural capital

The business reality is that change will happen,' warns major new report urging government to embrace the concept of ecosystem markets.

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The Future Depends on Developing Tomorrow’s Innovators

These days there is a lot of talk about innovation and entrepreneurship driving the “new economy,” and I believe that in order to unlock this innovation in the private sector, we must foster a renewed partnership between legislative leaders and business entrepreneurs

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Biodiversity contributes to economy - Molewa

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says the benefits derived from biodiversity or ecosystem services are estimated at R73bn, contributing to 7% of South Africa's GDP per annum.

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There Is No Sustainable Business.

BARCELONA — Sustainable entrepreneurship — a buzzword in an increasingly eco-conscious business world — is often described as a balance between profit and environmental impact.

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Hotter, wetter climate slashes labour capacity by 10%, study shows

Work capability losses owing to hot and humid conditions could double by mid-century, US government scientists say

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Why Is Timberland Planting Trees In Haiti?

A recent Forbes blog covered the news that Timberland has supported the planting of over 2 million trees in Haiti. My first reaction was that this is absolutely great. My second reaction was why?

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