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Private Investment in Conservation Reaches $8.2 Billion
The private sector channeled $8.2 billion (B) of private capital in to investments that seek measurable environmental benefits – in addition to financial returns – between 2004 and 2015 according to a report released by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace.


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New guidance on biodiversity in environmental management systems
“EMAS and Biodiversity: How to address biodiversity protection through environmental management systems” is the title of a new publication on the sound management of biodiversity aspects within EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and other management systems.


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Pioneering Sustainable Tourism Organisations Offset Emissions and Support UN Sustainable Development Goals
South Pole Group and LT&C (Linking Tourism & Conservation) announce exclusive partnership on climate neutrality.


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Aidenvironment Study: Sustainability Issues and Solutions in the Rubber Sector
Low prices drive natural rubber producers into poverty and serious violations of working rights are common. This is the harsh reality revealed in a new study conducted by Aidenvironment. The comprehensive review of literature reveals numerous cases of inadequate safety standards, inappropriate use of toxic chemicals, discrimination and structurally long working hours and child labour. It points to the need for more responsible sourcing practices by the rubber industry with particular attention to fair trading conditions.


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Cancun Business and Biodiversity Pledge
One important outcome of the Business and Biodiversity forum will be the Business and Biodiversity Pledge, which was prepared based on feedback from partner organizations and businesses.


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Mexico launches biodiversity and business alliance
The Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business, with the aim of promoting
the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, was launched 17 October 2016 in Mexico City.


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Report about European Food Chains
The report SUPPLY CHA!NGE in European food chains provides a comprehensive overview of the Business Forum, which took place in Milan in October 2015, as part of the SUPPLY CHA!NGE project. But more than just reporting about the event, the report analyses and explores the challenges relating to the complex, heterogeneous, and globalized nature of European food supply chains and their implications in the context of supermarket store brands.


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Green instead of Gray – Industrial Parks in Transition
Collaborative Project within the Research Program "Sustainable Transformation of Urban Spaces". New poject in cooperation with WILA Bonn started recently (July 2016). Supporting companies for greener industrial parks.


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Halting invasive species
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast and Sediments (BWM Convention) starts in 2017 to stop biodiversity loss caused by invasive species.


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European Commission publishes a guideline on the application of ABS Regulation
On the 27th of August 2016 a “Guidance document on the scope of application and core obligations of Regulation (EU ) No 511/2014” was published by the European Parliament and the Council. It includes definitions of keywords and a description of the scope of application using practice-oriented examples.


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BRAIN, AnalytiCon and Roquette sign a strategic partnership for the development of next generation natural sweetening solutions
The bioeconomy company BRAIN AG, the natural product specialist AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH and Roquette, a global leader in specialty food ingredients from plant-based raw materials, announced today a strategic partnership under the form of a consortium by the name DOLCE. Within this unique strategic partnership, the partners will jointly develop natural sweeteners and sweet taste enhancers with the goal to achieve sugar- and calorie reduction in a variety of food and beverages. These developments will benefit the global market and will address pressing needs in terms of sugar replacement.


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Natural Capital Protocol launched
Global leaders convened to launch new framework that will help businesses make better decisions by including natural capital.


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Biodiversity-based innovation in the European Union
Key elements and practical implications of EU regulation 511/2014 - The EU Regulation implements the Nagoya Protocol. Its focus is on ensuring that companies and other organisations conducting R&D in the European Union monitor and comply with ABS rules in the country where the plant or other biological material or its derived substances come from.


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‘Beauty of Sourcing with Respect’ Conference 2016
The conference was held in Paris on the 26th of May and dealt with the topics of creating and sharing value from biodiversity. Insights from consumer research in Brazil, USA, UK, France, Germany, Equador and Peru were presented.


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Biodiversity Barometer: Consumers ready to contribute to protection of biodiversity, but need information and reputable brands to guide their choice
More and more people are aware of biodiversity. If credible information and reputable brands are available, consumers are ready to purchase biodiversity friendly products and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. These are among the latest insights of the Biodiversity Barometer, an annual survey of the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) on biodiversity awareness among consumers and leading beauty, food and beverage companies around the world.


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SSI Review: Standards and Blue Economy Press release
The sustainable seafood market is surging. In 2015, demand from big retailers and restaurant chains pushed suppliers to certify a catch valued at $11.5 billion USD, a study found.


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Cement giant vows to respect World Heritage in joint effort with IUCN and UNESCO
Building materials company CEMEX has committed to staying out of World Heritage sites and to building awareness of the need to protect them, following a collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.


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European Union implementation of Nagoya Protocol bolstered by recent ratification of Germany
Germany is the latest country to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, bringing the total number of ratifications to 74. This includes 73 countries and the European Union (EU), which ratified the Protocol in May 2014.


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German Annual Business Dialogue Forum 2016 on Biological Diversity
On 15 March 2016, almost 150 representatives of companies, leading business associations, nature conservation organizations, government and authorities, academia and civil society gathered in Berlin for the 6th German Business Dialogue Forum 2016 on Biological Diversity.


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The Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing: User-country measures and implementation in India
The requirements to countries that genetic resources used within their jurisdictions shall comply with requirements for access in the countries providing the genetic resources are the cornerstone of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity.


 
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