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.
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.
Best Aquaculture Practices Certification
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
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.
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.
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
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).
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.
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.
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.