Private Business action for Biodiversity
As of: November 2020
The global project promotes methods and instruments for biodiversity-friendly production and commercialization and systematizes the experience gained for private and public actors. After the orientation phase, in which promising approaches from agriculture and forestry (including capacity development, impact monitoring, management tools, traceability and financing instruments) were identified, the implementation phase concentrates on the exemplary testing and further development of selected methods and instruments, especially with small and medium-sized enterprises. Best practices are being further developed in Brazil, India and Mexico and policy recommendations are being derived. The project plays an important role in the mainstreaming of biodiversity in productive sectors.
State of implementation/results
- In a scoping phase, the project has investigated which instruments, processes and mechanisms are particularly suitable for promoting biodiversity-friendly production and marketing. The analysis focused on voluntary sustainability standards and labels as well as private financing mechanisms. The results are published in a summary: www.international-climate-initiative.com/…
- In mid-2020, a monitoring tool for biodiversity action plans, developed jointly with the Global Nature Fund and the Union for Ethical Biotrade, was presented to the public. It is now in the pilot phase.
- In the northeast of Brazil, the project has been working with the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) since 2018 to establish a multi-stakeholder initiative on carnauba wax (Initiative for Responsible Carnauba), develop good practices for the collection of the natural raw material, and prepare a guide and educational videos for the sector. Four local wax companies are supported in implementing the UEBT principles for improved social and biodiversity standards (status: 08/2020). Link to the initiative: www.ethicalbiotrade.org/… , to the guide: www.international-climate-initiative.com/… and to the videos: www.acaatinga.org.br/…
- On land belonging to the AmazonBai cooperative, where açaí berries are collected or grown in the Brazilian Amazon region, the project is working with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to test how the impact of sustainable forest management on biodiversity and CO2 storage can be measured. Further information: fsc.org/… and FSC certificate for biodiversity: fsc.force.com/…
- In India, the project has developed and tested "Biodiversity Action Plans" for the cultivation of spices (cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon and chili) in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot together with the Global Nature Fund (GNF) and other partners (www.globalnature.org/…). These are instruments with which producers can plan, implement and monitor biodiversity-friendly measures. The guidelines can be downloaded from the IKI library. In early 2020, the Indian government officially launched the National Sustainable Spice Programme, which takes up the project's recommendations and training materials.
- In Mexico, the project has analysed the costs and benefits of producing biodiversity-friendly agave distillates under the Bat-Friendly Initiative. This includes monitoring improvements in the protection of the habitats of bats as agave pollinators. A market study on biodiversity-friendly agave products was completed in the first half of 2020 and will be used for further dialogue and cooperation with the producers.