African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC)
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.
Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources
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.
Biodiversity A - Z
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 Quickscan (VBDO and CREM)
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.
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.
Bonsucro - Better Sugarcane Initiative (BSI)
Bonsucro is a global multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the environmental and social impacts of sugarcane production while recognising the need for economic viability. They aim to develop industry standards, certification, training, and monitoring and evaluation tools, and aim to penetrate 20% of the global sugarcane industry by 2017.
Business and Biodiversity Programme:
Bonsucro Members adhere to their Code of Conduct, and have access to the Bonsucro Calculator, a software tool that enables self-assessment and aids mill managers to understand what corrective actions need to be implemented to ensure a successful audit against the production standard. Bonsucro's performance standard sets measurable objectives that mills and their sugarcane suppliers must meet. Bonsucro also organizes training seminars and conferences dedicated to instructing individuals and organizations about Bonsucro's standards and certification system.
BROA was developed through a multilateral partnership between business and NGOs. BROA was first piloted by British American Tobacco and its NGO partners, Earthwatch Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and the Tropical Biology Association in 2006 in Indonesia and Uganda, and has since been implemented across 20 countries that BAT have operations in, as well as being taken up by a number of other companies with agricultural supply chains.The BROA Tool is an Excel-based spreadsheet that provides the framework for recording your findings and developing your Action and Monitoring Plans. The BROA Handbook provides step-by-step guidance on how to use the BROA tool, as well as supporting information on the steps in a BROA assessment.
Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme
The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) is a partnership between companies, governments and conservation experts to explore biodiversity offsets. The BBOP demonstrates conservation and livelihood outcomes in a portfolio of biodiversity offset pilot projects; develops, tests, and disseminates best practice on biodiversity offsets; and contributes to policy and corporate developments on biodiversity offsets so they meet conservation and business objectives.
Chain-wide Learning for Inclusive Agrifood Market Development: A guide to multi-stakeholder processes for linking small-scale producers to modern markets.
As modern markets replace traditional markets, outlets for small-scale producesr are reduced, risking increasing poverty for producers and entire rural communities. However, with the right kind of support, small-scale producers can be efficient and reliable providers of quality produce; in other words good business partners. This guide provides practical ways to enhance opportunities for small-scale producers in modern agrifood markets. Users may be market actors interested in creating direct links with small-scale suppliers, government policy-makers tasked with rural development, producer organisations working for their members, NGOs working for the rural poor, or researchers working to understand and support processes aimed at greater inclusion of small-scale producers.
Coastal Resilience is a suite of tools that enables decision makers to assess risk and identify nature-based solutions to reduce socio-economic vulnerability to coastal hazards. These tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge; sea-level rise; natural resources; vulnerable communities and assets and to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions.
Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR)
Developed by WRI, in conjunction with WBCSD and the Meridian Institute, this tool enables companies to identify business risks and opportunities arising from company’s dependence and impact on ecosystem services. Can be applied at site, market, product or sector level and can feed into Environmental Impact Assessments. Can also help identify new markets/ products. Following this, an initiative has been developed to determine how ecosystem services can be integrated into existing tools and management systems.
DataBasin is an online information platform that allows users to download and upload data and apply spatial information to address conservation challenges.
Eco4Biz - Ecosystem services and biodiversity tools to support business decision-making
Eco4Biz is a structured overview of existing tools and approaches. Eco4Biz features a decision tree, composed of two questions corporate managers might ask themselves:
- At what scale would you like to carry out an assessment, i.e. global, landscape (including individual site and portfolio of sites), or product level?
- What outputs would best support your decision-making, e.g. a map (including supporting reports), a quantitative value, or a score showing priority areas?
The toolkit will be updated on a regular basis to keep pace with developments as more companies proactively measure, manage and mitigate their impact and dependence on nature.
The Ecosystem Marketplace, a project of Forest Trends, is a leading source of news, data, and analytics on markets and payments for ecosystem services (such as water quality, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity).