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ICCB 2019 presentation: A framework to guide the selection & use of biodiversity indicators for business

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Here is the presentation I delivered as part of the International Congress for Conservation Biology symposium on 'Advancing private sector biodiversity accountability' on Monday 22 July 2019.

Here, I presented research conducted with the University of Oxford and the IUCN (see final slide for contributors).

IUCN report available here: https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/47919

Peer review publication on it's way!

For more information, please contact me on prue.addison@zoo.ox.ac.uk

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ICCB 2019 presentation: A framework to guide the selection & use of biodiversity indicators for business

  1. 1. @prueaddison Dr Prue Addison Berks, Bucks, Oxon, Wildlife Trust University of Oxford A framework to guide the selection & use of biodiversity indicators for business
  2. 2. World Economic Forum (2019) The sustainable business edit Businesses are beginning to take notice of biodiversity @prueaddison 2
  3. 3. So you want one biodiversity indicator… “what indicator should we use for biodiversity?” “how can a biodiversity indicator be made as simple as possible?” “what ‘off the shelf’ biodiversity indicator / tool can we use?” “what (free) biodiversity data is available?” @prueaddison 3
  4. 4. I have some questions for businesses: “what is your business decision context?” “who is your primary audience?” “what spatial & temporal scales will your biodiversity assessment address?” @prueaddison 4
  5. 5. A spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators: @prueaddison 5
  6. 6. A spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators: What’s the biodiversity performance of the management interventions at site level? e.g., to meet lender requirements (IFC PS6) Reporting format: biodiversity indicators: critical habitat assessment indicators (e.g., threatened and restricted-range species and ecosystems, and protected areas) @prueaddison 6
  7. 7. A spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators: e.g. for site-level commitment to Net Gain Reporting format: biodiversity indicators: site-specific measures of biodiversity state, pressure and response What’s the biodiversity performance of the management interventions at site level? @prueaddison 7
  8. 8. A spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators: How is a business unit / country operation / supply chain performing overall on biodiversity? e.g. assessment of corporate biodiversity commitments Reporting format: biodiversity indicators: UNEP-WCMC aggregate indicators for extractives sector Global Biodiversity Score (biodiversity footprint) for the finance sector @prueaddison 8
  9. 9. A spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators: How can I disclose my company's overall efforts in biodiversity management with external stakeholders and shareholders? Reporting format: biodiversity indicators: Protected Areas avoided; Threatened species impacted; Biodiversity Action Plans implemented e.g., against corporate commitments, international biodiversity goals, or voluntary reporting standards @prueaddison 9
  10. 10. A spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators: Reporting format: biodiversity indicators: FSC and MSC assessments of indirect effects of resource extraction e.g., against external certification requirements Does a company meet certification requirements for acceptable biodiversity performance? @prueaddison 10
  11. 11. @prueaddison 11 Critical elements to help differentiate and select fit- for-purpose biodiversity indicators for business:
  12. 12. How can we encourage a bigger picture perspective to developing indicators? … connecting with conservation science & practice! @prueaddison 12
  13. 13. Drawing on conservation management processes Approach Preparing for action On-going management Monitoring Evaluation Open standards for Conservation Practice ● ● ● ● Adaptive Management ● ● Biodiversity Indicators Partnership framework ● ● ● ● Structured Decision-making ● ● ● Protected Area Management Effectiveness Evaluation ● …. Just like business decision-making frameworks! e.g., the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) process which is used to guide the control and continual improvement of business processes 13
  14. 14. A process to support businesses select & use biodiversity indicator(s) 1: Clarify the decision context 2: Set management objectives 3: Explore & set management actions 4: Develop or select indicators 5: Monitor, assess & report 6: Adapt & refine @prueaddison 14
  15. 15. https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/47919 Report now available online 15 … and peer review paper soon to come!
  16. 16. Thank you to all contributors prue.addison@zoo.ox.ac.uk PJ Stephenson Joe Bull Mark Burgman Tom Brooks Giulia Carbone Leah Gerber Pippa Howard Nadine McCormick Louise McRae Kim Reuter Malcolm Starkey E.J. Milner-Gulland @prueaddison

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