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Why your company should join the call on governments to protect nature

Today, leading businesses such as Carrefour, H&M, JD.com, Natura, and Walmart have called on governments around the world to protect and restore nature, recognizing it as the foundation of our health and prosperity. And in an open letter the Business for Nature coalition, representing nearly 50 influential business and civil society organisations, is urging others to join them in leading the call for a ‘nature positive’ future.

Prespa - a beacon of hope in the heart of the Balkans

Legend has it that high in the heart of the Balkans, two shepherds fell asleep by a remote mountain spring. And by accident, they let its waters flow on to the plain below, creating two huge, sparkling blue lakes, Mikri and Megali Prespa. Perched high above sea level, straddling Albania, Greece, and the Republic of North Macedonia, the Prespa lakes are amongst the oldest and largest in Europe, first formed more than two million years ago.

The IMF and World Bank gathered virtually in the midst of Covid-19. What next? Invest in people and nature for recovery and resilience

Last week saw some important moves by international financial institutions to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. At their Spring Meetings, the World Bank and IMF rightly focused on ensuring the global financial system has sufficient liquidity and getting emergency health support and relief as quickly as possible to the countries who need it most, and the G20 agreed a debt moratorium for low income countries. These are surely welcome first steps in the poorest parts of the world. What next?

Beyond fear, authority and generations

Alison Coburn and Kathleen Bury who run the MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy bring a unique combination of personal and professional experience and insight to the programme. "Real investment in people is relatively uncommon in the non-profit sector. And without it, the demanding vocational nature of conservation work means burn-out is all too common. MAVA’s investment recognizes it’s people that deliver change." Alison Coburn Kathleen and Alison are passionate about personal growth and change. Having both come to mentoring and leadership from other sectors, Kathleen from oil and gas and Alison from broadcasting, they understand the need to do work that matches personal values.

Balancing people, nature and prosperity in Doñana

Legend has it that five hundred years ago, Doña Ana, wife of the Duke of Medina-Sidonia, fled the Andalusian court and took refuge in a magical pine forest on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River south of Seville. || An oasis that has given us so much, Doñana’s bounty is neither limitless, nor beyond failure. A bellwether of our relationship with nature, the choices we make today will determine its future and the fate of the natural world upon which we all depend.

Sustainability could deliver trillions in economic benefits | WWF

Devastating forest fires like those in Australia, the Amazon, Indonesia and Congo move in and out of the headlines – but they keep burning, affecting people, economies and nature, driven by and worsening the climate crisis. How we feed, fuel and finance ourselves is pushing nature to the brink. We’re using resources faster than natural systems can replenish them, and the natural capital that sustains our enterprise and prosperity is in severe decline, posing an existential threat.

Our world is on fire - and business must help put it out

Recently, there have been some promising moves by business on climate change and nature loss. The new Davos Manifesto calls for a better kind of capitalism which engages all stakeholders in ‘shared and sustained value creation’. And just last week, BlackRock struck a decidedly stronger tone on climate change. These are welcome commitments but must lead to action – especially given world leaders discussing climate change in Madrid last month accomplished almost nothing, with big emitters blocking efforts to reduce emissions and doing a grave injustice to the two billion people most vulnerable to climate breakdown. While the catastrophic fires in Australia continue to burn, such political inaction is looking increasingly reckless as investors scrutinize climate risks and voters turn their backs on fossil-fuel friendly politicians.

Opinion: Does business really care about people and nature?

On its 50th anniversary, the World Economic Forum has launched a new Davos Manifesto and its founder and executive chairman, Klaus Schwab, makes the case for a better kind of capitalism that engages all stakeholders in “shared and sustained value creation.” This is a welcome development, but we should treat it with some caution. As Paul Polman, chair of the Saïd Business School, recently asked, “even though we know how to solve poverty and climate change, do we care enough to do so?”

5 lessons on how to save our relationship with nature in 2020

When as a young man in 1948, my father, Luc Hoffmann, came down from the Swiss mountains, settled in the marshes of the Camargue and bought the Tour du Valat estate, imagining a centre dedicated to studying wetlands, he understood two things – the scale of the threat facing the Camargue from drainage and development, and that saving it meant not just protecting wildlife but also demonstrating nature’s benefit to people. Although the environmental threats we face today are infinitely more complex and global in scale, these two insights – seemingly so obvious now but novel at the time – have only become more salient and more pressing as time has passed.

Full Speed Ahead: 2020 is a pivotal year for the ocean

From five or ten years out, making sustainability commitments for the end of a decade is a seductive proposition for governments and sectors of all varieties. This is certainly true in the maritime world. Yet on the threshold of the new decade, it’s clear we’re on a collision course with reality. As 2019 closes, we’re fast approaching key deadlines for ocean governance and conservation, and the general consensus is that we’re going to miss the majority of the targets we’ve set.

Icons and insights — five lessons in saving life on Earth from a quarter century of conservation —…

Lynda Mansson, Director General of the MAVA Foundation, introduces a new series of stories offering insight and inspiration for contemporary conservation from five iconic natural sites supported by the Foundation and its distinguished founder, Luc Hoffmann. It’s been said that sharing knowledge is a way of achieving immortality. For the MAVA Foundation, soon to end its grant-making after funding frontline conservation in some of the world’s most unique natural environments for more than a quar

How one man’s dream and good science saved a wetland treasure and sparked a global movement

In Southern France, where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean Sea, there’s a magical place where water and land embrace, where countless ponds, islets, marshes, reeds and streams fuse and stretch toward an infinite horizon, and blend with the sky. The Provençal people call it the place with no borders — ‘n’a cap marca’. Welcome to the Camargue — a waterland without parallel. Not just a kingdom of birds but a source of blessing and bounty for people as much as wildlife.

No Plastic in Nature – A Revolution Within Our Grasp

Plastic is brilliant – and everywhere. Our modern life depends on it. And its low-cost and material advantages make it indispensable in everything from household goods, medical equipment and bank notes, to packaging, motor vehicles, buildings and fishing nets. Yet as useful as it is, our ever-increasing reliance on single-use plastics, a global throwaway culture and poor waste management, have created a ubiquitous problem. Plastic pollution is choking our planet – imperilling marine life, contaminating the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, and suffocating our rivers and oceans.

Uniting and amping up the business voice for nature

Here’s why leading international organizations are launching Business for Nature – a new global coalition uniting the business voice for nature – at this week’s WEF New Champions meeting in China and the Trondheim Biodiversity Conference in Norway. While nature’s true value is priceless, the business case for investing in its protection and restoration is clear. It provides services to the global economy worth an estimated $125 trillion per year .

Spending on nature would be the investment of a lifetime | Public Finance

The most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to deliver resilience and prosperity is to radically increase investment in nature-based solutions. This would help achieve emissions reduction targets under the Paris Agreement, and deliver Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, life below water, and life on land. In meeting such enormous challenges, nature is our strongest ally.

For better or worse, technology is taming the high seas

Mind the gap - How much do we really know about the global ocean? According to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), not much. Its recent report, ‘The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want’, found only 0.04% to 4% of total research spend worldwide goes to ocean science, and revealed major disparities in national capacity to conduct research, with Small Island Developing States especially limited.

Only business unusual can save us now

Some of the world’s top scientists have spoken — again. But IPBES’ first Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is more than just another warning. It is a siren call that Earth’s natural systems are in the red and that all that we hold dear is threatened. How we feed, fuel and finance ourselves is pushing nature to the brink. We’re using resources faster than natural systems can replenish them, and the natural capital that sustains our enterprise and prosperity is in severe decline, posing an existential threat.
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