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Business for Nature policy consultation - Deadline extended until 26 November

Business for Nature invites businesses from all sectors, geographies, and of all sizes to respond to a policy consultation and share their views on: 1) Reducing negative direct impacts; 2) The role to be played by SMEs; 3) Addressing environmentally harmful subsidies; 4) Mechanisms to incentivize sustainable use and penalise negative impacts; and 5) Legislation on deforestation and conversion free supply chains.

 
B@B webinar series on biodiversity data - Recordings available on YouTube

If you missed any of the webinars on biodiversity data the B@B Platform organised in October, you can now watch the recordings of the entire series on YouTube. This webinar series provides an overview of recent developments in the field of biodiversity data for businesses and financial institutions. The three first webinars present examples of currently available and well-performing data sources on biodiversity impacts and dependencies, as well as innovative and promising biodiversity data collection techniques. Each of the webinars includes concrete examples on how businesses have applied biodiversity data. The final webinar focuses on remaining challenges and invites businesses to participate in a debate on how the accessibility, infrastructure and quality of data can be improved.

 
Business Statement at EBNS 2021

Under the leadership of Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Chairman of EpE and CEO of BNP Paribas, and the Partners of the European Business Statement, CEOs are cordially invited to the “CEO-only” session at the EBNS 2021 to discuss a “European Business Statement.” A draft statement has been prepared by the EBNS 2021 partners, and it will be delivered formally to the EU Commission on 1 December in the presence of Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment and Laurent Burelle, AFEP Chairman. The EBNS partners aim for this statement to be ambitious and grounded in business reality, and therefore, CEOs are invited to this session to review and discuss the statement before it is formally delivered. The session will take place on 30 November, from 17:00 to 18:00 CET. To attend, please RSVP by Friday, 26 November at statement@epe-asso.org

 
One week to EBNS 2021!

EBNS 2021 will kick off in exactly one week! Join us on 30 November - 1 December at the fully virtual event. Register today to take part in the discussions on how we can scale up business action for nature.

 
Experts needed for scoping of the IPBES Business and Biodiversity assessment

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) seeks experts to participate in the external review of the draft scoping report for the IPBES business and biodiversity assessment. Governments, interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision makers, practitioners and other knowledge holders can participate in the external review of the draft scoping report for the business and biodiversity assessment. The external review will be open until 15 December 2021.

 
Results of the Finance@Biodiversity Community's Workshops on Engagement with Companies

In 2021, the Finance@Biodiversity Community has focused its collective learning and experience sharing on the subject of ‘Engagement with companies’. This covers both the engagement of investors with publicly listed companies, and the engagement of banks with their clients. The F@B Community developed four workshops together with its members, in response to their needs, and it is now developing a guidance paper based on the workshops. The preliminary results are already available in the official minutes for each session.

 
Managing Asian hornet incursions with nest dissection and microsatellite marker analysis

The yellow-legged Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) is an invasive species that poses a particular threat to the European honey bee (Apis mellifera). This study reports on the management of Asian hornet incursions in the UK, including the use of nest dissection and microsatellite marker analysis (a form of genetic testing) to determine the relatedness and reproductive status of detected nests and hornets. <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/569na4_en-1328-managing-incursions-of-vespa-velutina-nigrithorax-in-the-uk-an-emerging-threat-to-apiculture_v2.pdf">Click here to read more</a>

 
The 'Dark Ecological Network': strategically tackling light pollution for biodiversity and people

Night-time light pollution from artificial sources can disrupt biological processes and fragment habitats. This study presents a new concept for addressing the problem: a 'dark ecological network'. Its development involves mapping a new system of connected functional zones and corridors where dark can be preserved to help birds, bats and other taxa, and gives people the chance to experience starry skies. <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/569na2_en-1317_grasping-darkness_the-dark-ecological-network_v2.pdf">Click here to read more</a>

 
The new EU forest strategy for 2030

The new EU forest strategy for 2030 is one of the flagship initiatives of the European Green Deal and builds on the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030. The strategy will contribute to achieving the EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target of at least 55% by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. I

 
Fight against deforestation: where are we?

The EU is determined to intensify measures to tackle the global problem of deforestation and forest degradation and relevant commitments are included in the European Green Deal, the Farm to Fork Strategy and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Acting on these commitments, the Commission is now working on the new legislation to reduce the impact of EU consumption on deforestation and forest degradation. The proposal is expected in autumn with the two-fold objective: boost the consumption of sustainably produced commodities by promoting transparent and deforestation-free global supply chains and prevent the placement of products and commodities that may be associated with deforestation on the EU market.

 
On May 31, the EU-Japan Summit took place with the Green Alliance as key deliverable

The key deliverable of the EU-Japan Summit was the Green Alliance – the first of its kind. The Alliance has a very strong environmental dimension reflecting the overall spirit of the European Green Deal and DG ENV top priorities. As such, it includes a joint commitment to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, circular economy, sustainable supply chains and the global plastics agreement. The intention is to deepen green cooperation with Japan, to make it more visible and promote the green agenda together at a global level.

 
EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: where are we?

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 contains over 100 actions to be implemented by 2030 by EU to halt and reverse the dramatic loss of biodiversity. 2021 will be a key year in implementing the Strategy, with over 40 deliverables including some key policy initiatives such as action plans and strategies on pollution, organic farming, forests, soils, fisheries resources and marine ecosystems, a new law on nature restoration, a new initiative on deforestation, and adoption of a new, ambitious Global Biodiversity Framework.

 
Trade & Biodiversity - new methodology to assess impacts

In line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the Commission is committed to better assess the impact of EU free trade agreements (FTAs) on biodiversity and ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands. The new methodology will contribute to further improve the sustainability impact assessments and ex-post evaluations of EU FTAs. It will also support the objectives of the European Green Deal. It is now being tested in the context of the ex-post evaluation of the EU-Colombia/Ecuador/Peru trade agreement.

 
Biodiversity Footprint Financial Institutions: 4 practical examples - 25 May 2021

Showing how biodiversity impact assessment works, what type of data is needed and what you can do with the results: four practical cases studies have been executed with the BFFI approach by PRé Sustainabilty and CREM. Achmea IM, APG, ASN Bank, ASR, ING, FMO and NWB participated in this project that was commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). Register to join the 10-11 am CEST webinar for financial institutions on the results of the case studies.

 
Biodiversity Means Business: Partnerships - 21 May 2021

This event organised by the Lead the Green Change initiative will reflect on the key aspects of partnership models in the EU-India context in view of the multi-faceted concept of biodiversity that can form the basis for bankable and scalable projects.

 
Monitoring soil functions and their interactions — a new pan-European framework

Sustainable soil is a foundation of environmental health, with soil offering a multitude of ecosystem services including climate mitigation and adaption, biodiversity, agriculture (food security) and nutrient cycling. This study offers a new framework for monitoring synergies and trade-offs of soil functions across Europe. </br> </br> <b><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/559na2_en-monitoring-soil-functions-and-their-interactions-a-new-pan-european-framework.pdf">Click here to read more</a></b>

 
High levels of microplastic pollution found in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean deep sea

Marine plastic pollution has been found in the remote Antarctic peninsula and Southern Ocean since the 1980s, but microplastic pollution in this region is less well understood. To find out more about this emerging environmental hazard, scientists have analysed the deep-sea sediments of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean regions for the presence of microplastics. </br> </br> <b><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/558na4_en-high-levels-of-microplastic-pollution-found-in-the-antarctic-and-southern-ocean-deep-sea.pdf">Click here to read more</a></b>