CoverTEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. Report for Business.
Business and enterprise have a huge role to play in how we manage, safeguard and invest in our natural capital. This report is aimed squarely at this sector and will provide practical guidance on the issues and the opportunities created by the inclusion in mainstream business practices of ecosystem- and biodiversity-related considerations. This report is for a wide array of enterprises, including those with direct impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, such as mining, oil and gas and infrastructure; for those businesses that depend on healthy ecosystems and biodiversity for production, such as agriculture and fisheries; for industry sectors that finance and undergird economic activity and growth, like banks and asset managers, as well as insurance and business services; and for businesses that are selling ecosystem services or biodiversity-related products such as eco-tourism, eco-agriculture and bio-carbon. Please click here for quotes of Support for TEEB for Business.

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TEEB for Business Executive Summary
Chapter 1: Business, biodiversity and ecosystem services
Chapter 2: Business impacts and dependence on biodiversity and ecosystem services
Chapter 3: Measuring and reporting biodiversity and ecosystem impacts and dependence
Chapter 4: Scaling down biodiversity and ecosystem risks to business
Chapter 5: Increasing biodiversity business opportunities
Chapter 6: Business, biodiversity and sustainable development
Chapter 7: A recipe for biodiversity and business growth.  
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BiseBISE is the European information portal designed to facilitate access to existing information about nature and biodiversity, presenting existing data in a far more comprehensive manner than before. As well as information about EU policy and legislation in the area of nature, there is a wealth of material about the state of the EU environment and ecosystems and the threats they face, information about research in biodiversity that is going on around the EU, and access to information about the state of biodiversity reporting in Member States, designed to encourage greater cooperation. [+]


Viernes, 21 Mayo 2010 15:38

Día Mundial de la Biodiversidad

Mañana, 22 de mayo,  es el Día Mundial de la Biodiversidad y, pese a los esfuerzos realizados en todo el mundo, varios estudios indican que la biodiversidad (la rica variedad de la vida en nuestro planeta) está disminuyendo a un ritmo alarmante. Una campaña innovadora de la UE para difundir este mensaje está llegando a miles de personas en toda la Unión Europea y fuera de ella. La página web de la campaña ya ha recibido más de medio millón de visitas, mientras que más de 56 000 personas han apoyado la campaña en Facebook. La Comisión está celebrando el Día Mundial de la Biodiversidad mediante una serie de actos en seis países principales: España, los Países Bajos, Bulgaria, Rumanía, Polonia e Italia. (RAPID, IP/10/596, 21.5.2010)

CoverEcosystem accounting and the cost of biodiversity losses — the case of coastal Mediterranean wetlands
EEA Technical Report No 3/2010.

This report focuses on ways we can use land and ecosystem accounting techniques to describe and monitor the consequences of biodiversity loss in the coastal wetlands of the Mediterranean. These ecosystems are characterised by the close coupling of economic, social and ecological processes, and any accounting system has to represent how these key elements are linked and change over time. This report discusses the importance of estimating the ecological and social costs of maintaining these systems, and the problems surrounding providing monetary estimates of the services associated with wetlands. It also shows how individual wetland socio-ecological systems (SES) can be defined and mapped using the remotely sensed land cover information from Corine Land Cover.

SeñalesLa diversidad, el cambio climático y tú.
Señales de la AEMA 2010.
Agencia Europea de Medio Ambiente, 2010.
Este año, Señales nos lleva de viaje desde los glaciares de los Alpes hasta los suelos congelados del Ártico (permafrost), pasando por el delta del Ganges. A lo largo del camino descubriremos cómo afecta el cambio climático al primitivo ciclo del agua en las montañas y sus repercusiones para millones de personas. Oiremos a un guía de montaña explicar cómo la propia composición de la roca está cambiando con el aumento de las temperaturas y el deshielo de su núcleo helado. Nos ensuciaremos las manos y redescubriremos la tierra. Sin tierras en buenas condiciones, no podremos alimentarnos ni regular el balance de dióxido de carbono en la atmósfera. Una empresa familiar de Italia nos enseñará cómo la agricultura puede ser sostenible y tener un balance de carbono positivo cuando gira en torno a la gestión del suelo.
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La Comisión Europea ha publicado una encuesta del Eurobarómetro que indica que muchos europeos no entienden lo que significa biodiversidad y no se sienten bien informados sobre la pérdida de la misma. La Comisión ha puesto en marcha simultáneamente una campaña dirigida a informar a la población sobre la pérdida de biodiversidad en la UE. Janez Potočnik, Comisario de Medio Ambiente, ha declarado que la biodiversidad es un motor natural para el futuro y debemos aprender a tratarlo con cuidado. Espero que esta campaña contribuya a ello y conciencie sobre la necesidad de respetar el mundo natural del que dependemos.. (RAPID, IP/10/411, 9.4.2010)

CoverDistribution and targeting of the CAP budget from a biodiversity perspective.
European Environment Agency. Technical report No 12/2009.
Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009.
ISBN 978-92-9213-062-6.

The EU has highlighted the importance of using the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to prevent the abandonment of high nature value farmland and its intensification as a key action to halt biodiversity decline. The present report sets out to assess whether the current distribution of CAP funds is likely to favour the maintenance of farmland with high nature value (HNV). And it explores the extent to which CAP funds are likely to support the long-term economic and ecological sustainability of these HNV farming systems.
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