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Build Up The European Portal For Energy Efficiency In Buildings - European Union

www.buildup.eu
This initiative supports EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). It provides information on best practices, technologies and legislation for energy reduction.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

Coastal Wiki

www.coastalwiki.org
The Coastal Wiki is an Internet encyclopaedia providing up-to-date high quality information for coastal professionals, which is continuously improved, complemented and updated by expert users.
Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity; Exchange of Information

European Environment Agency - European Union

www.eea.europa.eu
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Its task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. It is a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 32 member countries.
Subject(s): Climate Change and Biodiversity; Inland Waters Biodiversity; Exchange of Information

FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) - European Union

ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/flegt.htm
A key element of the FLEGT Action Plan is a voluntary scheme to ensure that only legally harvested timber is imported into the EU from countries agreeing to take part in this scheme. The internal EU legal framework for this scheme is a Regulation adopted in December 2005, and a 2008 Implementing Regulation, allowing for the control of the entry of timber to the EU from countries entering into bilateral FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) with the EU.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity

The EU Business and Biodiversity Platform

ec.europa.eu/environment/biodiversity/business
Overall Mandate: B@B, initiated by the European Commission, provides a network for European businesses to share experiences, best practices and conduct research on biodiversity conservation. The Platform consists of three elements:

1) An online information portal which acts as the main interface between members and the ongoing work of the B@B’s workstreams;

2) Annual B@B meetings which allow members to discuss progress on each workstream;

3) A high-level B@B Bureau of advisors who will guide and inform the work carried out by Platform members.

The B@B helps to coordinate and to raise awareness of other national and international level initiatives at EU level. The Platform also provides opportunities for businesses to directly engage with the European Commission on issues related to business and biodiversity. "

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Business and Biodiversity Programme: B@B engages businesses through three workstreams:

1) Accounting for Natural Capital:developing a decision framework and set of principles that help companies determine what form of natural capital accounting (NCA) to adopt, and identify the best practice guidance and tools are available to support them. The approach will be piloted by volunteer companies.

2) Innovation for Biodiversity and Business: promoting innovation that contributes to nature protection and provides opportunities for businesses, including SMEs, by showcasing innovative companies / business models and identifying opportunities for fostering new business models.

3) Access to Finance and Innovative Finance Mechanisms: demonstrating the benefits to business, including SMEs, of biodiversity-related investments, as well as showcasing financing schemes for biodiversity and champions in the finance sector who are funding biodiversity related projects or who are using nature-related criteria for financing decisions.
Subject(s): Business and Biodiversity
 

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