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A Business Guide to Development Actors (WBCSD)

www.wbcsd.org/web/publications/sl-devactors.pdf
The Business Guide to Development Actors is a guide for business managers looking to work with development organizations. This document provides business-oriented profiles of organizations in the sustainable development community. The profiles are prefaced by an analysis of the expanding scope for collaboration between the private sector and development organizations.

A Cross-Sector Guide for Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy

www.csbi.org.uk/tools-and-guidance
   /mitigation-hierarchy
This publication is aimed at environmental professionals working in, or with, extractive industries and financial institutions, who are responsible for overseeing the application of the mitigation hierarchy to biodiversity conservation. It aims to help in balancing conservation needs with development priorities.

A Gateway to PES

cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/a_gateway_to_pes_d_huberman.pdf
A Gateway to Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES): Using payments for ecosystem services for livelihoods and landscapes

A Guide to Biodiversity for the Private Sector (International Finance Corporation)

www.ifc.org/biodiversityguide
Designed to help companies operating in emerging markets better understand their relationship to biodiversity issues and how they can effectively manage those issues to improve business performance and benefit from biodiversity.

African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC)

www.abcic.org
The African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC) was established in 2010 as a non-profit making regional organization enhancing the conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity for posterity, environmental preservation and sustenance of livelihoods for the African rural communities. ABCIC primarily focuses on agrobiodiversity and adopts an integrated approach that carefully balances conservation imperatives with the sustainable use through facilitating and promoting production, product development and enhancing marketing of biodiversity products through a value chain approach. ABCIC implements its mandate through applied research, technical advice and strengthening of African institutions involved in agrobiodiversity conservation and use, value chains and capacity building. ABCIC develops strategic partnerships and works in close collaboration with a network of partners for synergy and making the best use of competitive advantages.

Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas

www.fao.org/docrep/meeting/003/x3130m/X3130E00.HTM
Improves the regulation of fishing vessels on the high seas by strengthening ‘flag-state responsibility'. Parties to the Agreement must ensure that they maintain an authorisation and recording system for high seas fishing vessels and that these vessels do not undermine international conservation and management measures.

Aquaculture Dialogues

www.worldwildlife.org/what/globalmarkets
   /aquaculture/whatwearedoing.html
WWF works with farmers, retailers, NGOs, scientists and other aquaculture industry stakeholders worldwide to develop standards for responsible aquaculture. The standards will minimize the key environmental and social impacts associated with aquaculture.

Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources

www.ansab.org
ANSAB is a civil society organization committed to biodiversity conservation and economic development through community-based, enterprise-oriented solutions. ANSAB works across South Asia and places community empowerment and economic incentives at the heart of its approach, believing that as people benefit from natural resoruces they become more motivated to protect them - and vice-versa.

Audubon Certification Programs

auduboninternational.org
This program provides the assurance that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practice standards that are required for a rating of one to five Green Leafs.

Best Aquaculture Practices Certification

www.aquaculturecertification.org
The Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices standards in a certification system that combines site inspections and effluent sampling with sanitary controls, therapeutic controls and traceability. By implementing BAP standards, program participants can better meet the demands of the growing global market for wholesome seafood produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Best Aquaculture Practices offers a primarily "process" certification. Successful participation in the Best Aquaculture Practices program is visually represented by limited use of the BAP certification mark.

Better Cotton Initiative

www.bettercotton.org
Provides principles and criteria for cotton production that include general biodiversity considerations, and works with farmers and other stakeholders in the supply chain to share best practice and knowledge.

Bilan Biodiversité Footprint Guidelines

www.synergiz.fr/actions/entreprise-et-biodiversite
   /bilan-biodiversite
Bilan Biodiversité Footprint Guidelines, a French guide developed in 2012 by Synergiz and Natureparif to identify business biodiversity impacts

Biodiversity A - Z

www.biodiversitya-z.org
UNEP-WCMC would like to announce the launch of the updated Biodiversity A-Z website. The site provides concise and authoritative information about biodiversity in an accessible and simple manner. Content is presented in the form of articles, factsheets and definitions. The new website structure divides the information up into easy to browse biodiversity-related themes, including two new themes - Marine and Acronyms - and has a new and powerful search. The site is available at the same location: www.biodiversitya-z.org As with any specialist field, conservation can contain complex concepts and confusing terminology. The Biodiversity A-Z is a reliable resource that helps to clarify biodiversity-related topics. It can be used by specialists and non-specialists alike, and provides both scientific information and details on the business and social relevance of terms. Information is presented in a concise manner, and is compiled by experts. This update includes a new website design with thematic groupings and user-friendly pages that make this tool quick and easy to use. The new Biodiversity A-Z structure includes four themes. The ‘Areas’ theme contains updated factsheets on Areas of Biodiversity Importance and provides detailed explanations of the different types of area classifications, including their levels of protection and their significance for biodiversity. The ‘Terms’ theme makes accurate definitions of biodiversity-related terminology accessible under a unified platform. The newly-added ‘Marine’ theme provides useful factsheets on marine-specific features while the new ‘Acronyms’ theme includes over 250 commonly-used acronyms in the field of conservation.

Biodiversity Agriculture Support Center (Seibutsutayousei Nougyou Shien Center)

www.basc.jp
A non-profit organization that investigate ecosystem in paddy fields. They aim to spread agricultural that not harm paddy fields biodiversity, assist farmer who try the agricultural and connect between farmers and consumers.

Biodiversity and Wine Initiative

www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/sustainable_agriculture_
   /conservation_and_wine
Partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector. The goals are to minimise the further loss of threatened natural habitat, and to contribute to sustainable wine production through the adoption of biodiversity guidelines by the South African wine industry. Brand differentiation based on a proactive stance on biodiversity is a feature of the initiative.

Biodiversity Quickscan (VBDO and CREM)

www.vbdo.nl
Dutch organization of investors for sustainable development. Developed a tool that uses a number of steps to quickly measure the biodiversity impact of a company in order to gather information to inform a dialogue with the companies. Developed for the financial and food sectors.

Biomimicry Institute

www.biomimicryinstitute.org
Not-for-profit organisation that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. Offers training and accreditation.

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

www.bio.org
BIO is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,150 members worldwide. BIO engages in the discussions on a possible patent law harmonization treaty within WIPO, the WTO TRIPS process, as well is actively engaged in the deliberations of the Intergovernmental Committee on Folklore, Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources of the World Intellectual Property Organization and in various forums within the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

BioTrade Initiative

www.biotrade.org
More than sixteen years after UNCTAD launched the BioTrade Initiative with the aim of promoting trade and investment in biodiversity as a means of furthering sustainable development, a number of countries, regions and national and international stakeholders have made remarkable progress in embracing BioTrade concepts and principles as integral parts of their strategies. BioTrade is currently implementing 8 national programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Blue Angel

www.blauer-engel.de/en
The Blue Angel is a world wide eco-label since 1978.Eco-friendly products and services selected by an independent jury in line with defined criteria. The Blue Angel is awarded to companies as kind of a reward for their commitment to environmental protection.

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