While there has been notable progress in mobilizing the business community on biodiversity since the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, relatively few companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, are aware of the business and biodiversity linkages or the relevance to business of negotiations carried out under the Convention. With this in mind, and following on from decision VIII/17
, the present note sets out the priority actions to be undertaken by the Secretariat in the period 2008-2010:
Priority area 1: Build and promote the business case for biodiversity
2.Continue the compilation and dissemination of information on the business case for biodiversity, including experiences generated in the framework of the UNCTAD Biotrade Initiative, through the clearing-house mechanism, the CBD newsletter on business, and mainstream business forums.
3.Develop options for incorporating biodiversity into course curricula, including through the development of case-studies and other teaching material.
Priority area 2: Disseminate tools and best practice
4.In collaboration with relevant organizations, such as the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Alliance, compile information on the use and impact of international voluntary certification schemes towards the implementation of the objectives of the Convention and develop knowledge sharing and technical assistance tools to encourage the wider uptake of best practice. Activities would further include:
(a)Compile, specifically in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises, experiences and practices that foster the sustainable use of biological resources that have been developed and implemented by Parties;
(b)Make the information available through the clearing-house mechanism;
5.In collaboration with relevant organizations and initiatives, such as the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), compile and/or make available: (a) case-studies; (b) methodologies; tools and guidelines on biodiversity offsets; and (c) relevant national and regional policy frameworks’
6.Disseminate tools and best practice of companies involved in biotrade.
7.Compile and disseminate, including through the clearing-house mechanism and the Convention’s newsletter on business, information on procurement policies that are in line with the objectives of the Convention.