Private Business action for Biodiversity - 16_IV_048 - 971 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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Private Business action for Biodiversity

As of: January 2020

Objective and activities

The project pursues to identify, analyse and test promising approaches, methods and tools for promoting biodiversity-friendly production, commercialization and marketing; to test and learn from their implementation to further develop them where required; and to systematize the experiences gained in a way that enables both private and public actors to use them. The initial scoping phase is used to identify, review and analyze existing approaches. Based on the results, the project develops implementation strategies for selected productive sectors (e.g. agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism) together with cooperation partners in three countries. At the heart of the project are pilot applications of selected methods, mechanisms and tools for promoting biodiversity-friendly production, commercialization and marketing in the partner countries in order to further develop best practices. The project contributes to the mainstreaming of biodiversity into productive sectors.

State of implementation/results

  • Conclusion of three global studies: (1) „Identification and analysis of initiatives and mechanisms promoting biodiversity-friendly production, commercialisation and marketing“ jointly with the Global Nature Fund (GNF), (2) „Identification and Analysis of Financial Sector Instruments and Initiatives for Biodiversity“ and (3) „Standards and labels for the promotion of biodiversity-friendly production and marketing“
  • At a workshop with key actors from the Indian spice sector on 13 June 2018 in New Delhi, India, the project shared and discussed previous findings with Indian experts.
  • Active participation in the conference "Beauty of Sourcing with Respect" of the Union of Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) on 20 June 2018. In the name of the "Initiative for Responsible Carnauba" the project presented the initiative itself as well as the challenges in the carnauba sector identified by the project. A broad specialist audience from the food and cosmetics industry was reached. As part of the initiative, joint communication texts were also developed, which can be found on the UEBT website (…).
  • At the international conference on voluntary sustainability standards (International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability and Standards) on 17 and 18 September 2018 in New Delhi, India, the project presented its findings on the importance of standards for the mainstreaming of biodiversity and highlighted the importance of biodiversity.
  • Organisation of an expert discussion with representatives of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on 8 October 2018 in Bonn to present a new FSC instrument for the certification of ecosystem services for joint discussion on its implementation and impact monitoring with experts from development cooperation.

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Project data

Brazil, India, Mexico

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • National Commission for Research and Utilisation of Biodiversity (CONABIO) - Mexico
  • Global Nature Fund (GNF)
  • Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)

BMU grant:
€ 3,150,000

09/2016 till 08/2020