Economics

Exploring how a Net Positive Impact (NPI) approach on biodiversity can enable the private sector to better manage biodiversity and contribute to...
The first paper, Net Positive Impact on biodiversity: the business case, highlights the increase in voluntary commitments to NPI by the private sector during the past decade. Two major reasons... Read more
The fashion industry is contributing to the degradation of the world’s biodiversity and undermining nature’s ability to provide ecosystem services to...
The report, Biodiversity Risks and Opportunities in the Apparel Sector, identifies the biggest culprits in the industry’s value chain and puts forward recommendations on how companies can support... Read more
As a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, IUCN is supporting the global consultation on the draft Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) and...
IUCN recently hosted two webinars for its Members and partners to explain the consultation process on the draft Protocol, before the deadline on 26 February 2016.  Issues discussed included the... Read more
By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund...
Nature is not the new Silicon Valley (let’s not kid ourselves), but it is attracting attention from finance professionals - and particularly their clients who are both nervous about future risks in... Read more
Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in...
The role of forests, oceans and other natural ecosystems in absorbing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate has been clearly acknowledged in the new agreement, which has... Read more
'Water and Climate Resilience' was the focus of the third day of the UN climate change conference in Paris. In this newly released video interview,...
Dr Smith highlights IUCN's main messages on water at the UN Climate Conference (COP21), including how good water management and investing in natural infrastructure can boost our ability to adapt to... Read more
Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of...
While biodiversity and ecosystems are threatened by climate change, their conservation, restoration and sustainable management generate significant and practical nature-based solutions to climate... Read more
Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in...
The two-day Forum has attracted business leaders, policy makers, environmental experts and academics from around the globe, including Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, Katherine Garrett-... Read more
Agriculture depends on people and nature working sustainably together. To advance sustainable agriculture at larger scales, we must build and expand...
Last December I attended an annual event of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) initiative - described as an ‘inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership to rapidly develop... Read more
Speaking at the Stockholm Natural Capital Solutions Summit, held 19-20 May, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the fact that despite...
“Failing to properly account for natural capital is contributing to the depletion of the planet’s resources,” said Ms Andersen. “We need to develop metrics for measuring and valuing natural capital... Read more
This OpEd piece by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen originally appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. 
Nature is like an angel investor in the global economy: financially significant, yet widely unknown. The global pharmaceuticals industry, for example, is worth some $640 billion. But few know that up... Read more
Towards the end of 2015, the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention adopted a policy on sustainable development. This is a major step in...
Notwithstanding its popularity, the World Heritage Convention has often been accused of being ‘anti-development’. It is true that some types of development – especially large-scale infrastructure... Read more

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