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JUNE 2013
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Cross-sector initiatives and collaborations are increasingly important in a interconnected and globalized world. This need is being emphasized by a rapidly changing world, suffering climate catastrophes, continuing loss of biodiversity and increased pressure on our water systems and competing land use as we enter the Anthropocene age. Linking the work of business with the public sector and civil society can promote a more reliable and resilient environment for sustainable development and nature conservation. Past experience has proven that local or sector-by-sector action plans for sustainable development or managing natural resources are often not as effective when developed in isolation to the actions of other sectors. Effective approaches require an integrated involvement and co-operation amongst all stakeholders to develop long-term, holistic solutions that are acceptable and beneficial to all.


Through its networks of Programmes, Commissions, Member organizations, partners working on cross-sector initiatives, IUCN can bring science and cross-sectoral thinking and solutions to complex and controversial conservation issues. This edition of the newsletter is highlighting some of those current initiatives.
 

Exploring Cross-Sector Initiatives and Collaboration
 

Collaborative Initiative towards Sustainable Sugarcane for Sustainable Biofuels

As the demand for sugarcane to produce ethanol increases, a recent study by IUCN, industry partners, and biodiversity experts, is helping to understand the potential of a sustainability standard to make production and processing of the crop more ecologically sustainable...

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North Africa basin
 
Courtesy of Agip Oil Ecuador (subsidiary of Eni)

The Oil and Gas Industry and Cross-Sector Conservation Initiatives

Natural capital is the land, air, water, living organisms and all formations of the Earth's biosphere that provide life supporting ecosystem goods and services and vital input to business activities. Yet, as many of these goods and services belong to the commons, the lack of a price signal allows the conversion of natural capital for free, to provide food, fibre, fodder and fuel. When prices do not reflect the true social and environmental costs of such uses, the costs or benefits to society of doing business are not reflected in corporate decision-making, share prices or profit and loss statements...

 

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Bonsucro: Partnerships that Enable Growth for Sugarcane Sustainability

In 2007, Bonsucro was formed by people who understood that the growing, harvesting, milling and processing of sugarcane needed to be done in a more sustainable way. It soon became clear that this would need to be demonstrable progress and so one of the most rigorous metrics-based certification schemes in the world was designed – the Bonsucro Production Standard...
 

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Sugar cane plantations at Santa Clara province, Cuba
 
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Global brands and IUCN to set standard for aluminium sustainability

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) was launched in 2012 by AMAG/ Constantia Flexibles, Amcor Flexibles, Constellium, Nespresso, Rio Tinto Alcan and Tetra Pak, together with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Current ASI Members include, Aleris, Amcor Flexibles, AMAG/ Constantia Flexibles, Audi, Ball Corporation, BMW Group, Constellium, Hydro, Nespresso, Novelis, Rexam, Rio Tinto Alcan, and Tetra Pak. Its aim is to develop the ASI Standard to improve the overall sustainability performance of aluminium products...
 

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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
 
Sydney Harbour

Cross Sector Engagement a Priority at IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

For the private sector, investment in protected area systems and institutions is cost-effective and can have a high return, not only for business, but also for government and human well-being. Recognizing this, the 6th IUCN World Parks Congress, held in Sydney, Australia in November 2014, will engage business sectors in a collaborative effort with governments, indigenous peoples, local communities, NGOs and youth. These cross-sector engagements will help set the agenda for protected areas conservation over the next ten years...

 

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Collaboration the watchword for World Forum this November

This November, Edinburgh will play host to forward thinking business leaders from across all sectors and regions as they come together with natural capital experts from governments, universities and NGOs to gain practical knowledge of the evolving field of Natural Capital Accounting...

 

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Natural Capital Forum
 
Director and Ministers of the DNC

IUCN NL sets stage for sustainable green economy during Dutch Nature Summit

IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL) recently launched two flagship projects of its business engagement network Leaders for Nature, a network of twenty multinationals working together to incorporate natural capital in their core business. One flagship project focuses on transparency on natural and social capital, and the other on creating areas of the future...

 

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Event Preview
 
BfN/ENCA

Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe - an ecological, policy and economic perspective

This European conference will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of adapting to climate change in conservation from an ecological, policy and economic perspective, and will also showcase successful conservation partnerships across Europe. Following up on the discussions of the previous BfN/ENCA conference on biodiversity and climate change, held in Bonn in 2011, the conference in 2013 will go a step further and explore how adaptation can be put into practice.

25-27th June 2013, Bonn, Germany
 

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Stockholm Water Week

Stockholm World Water Week

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place each year in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events do focus on various aspects of the theme. 2013 theme is Water Cooperation - Building Partnerships.

 

 1-6 September 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

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Indicators

20th International Conference of Environmental Indicators (ICEI 2013)

The high diversity of methods and practices currently used to collect and evaluate environmental data reduces significantly comparisons of results and observations. This international conference of Environmental Indicators will contribute to a harmonization of standards to optimize diagnoses and to improve acceptance.

16-19th September 2013, Trier University, Campus II, Trier, Germany

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The Natural Capital Forum

2013 World Forum on Natural Capital

The inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital will be the first major global conference devoted exclusively to turning the debate on natural capital accounting into action. It will build on the enormous private sector interest shown at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012 and the many developments that have taken place since.

21-22 November 201, Edinburgh, Scotland


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Publications
 

Eco4Biz – Ecosystem services and biodiversity tools to support business decision-making

Eco4Biz Publication

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched an interactive report to give companies a structured overview of existing tools and approaches for biodiversity and ecosystem services evaluation.

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TEEB for Business Coalition and Trucost published a report about the top 100 Business Externalities

TEEB for Business

The study “Natural Capital at Risk – The Top 100 Externalities of Business” was released from the TEEB for Business Coalition during the Business for the Environment summit in New Delhi. The authors of the report estimate that the global top 100 environmental externalities are costing the economy world-wide around $4.7 trillion a year in terms of the economic costs of greenhouse gas emissions, loss of natural resources, loss of nature-based services such as carbon storage by forests, climate change and air pollution-related health costs. 

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Private Sector Uptake of Ecosystem Services Concepts and Frameworks

BSR Ecosystem Services Working Group

Thirty-five companies now mention ecosystem services in publicly available materials. Corporate engagement with the issue is clearly on the rise. This report offers the first opportunity to review corporate engagement with ecosystem services around the world.

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Links
 

Business and Biodiversity Campaign

Business and Biodiversity Campaign Business and Biodiversity Newsletter

 

TEEB for Business Coalition

TEEB for Business TEEB for Business Coalition Newsletter

 

 

GLOBE International: Natural Capital Legislation News

Copyright © 2013 GLOBE International GLOBE International: Natural Capital Legislation News

 

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) © 2013

IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

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