European Business and Nature Summit

The European Business and Biodiversity PlatformEcoacsaFundación Empresa y Clima and Fundación Biodiversidad from Ministry for Ecological Transition – through the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IEEB) – are joining forces to organise the European Business and Nature Summit on 7 and 8 November 2019. This two-days conference on business, biodiversity and natural capital will be hosted by CaixaForum in the very centre of Madrid, Spain.

At the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Conference in 2018 an Action Agenda for Nature and Peoplewas launched. This Agenda aims to catalyse a groundswell of (voluntary) action from all sectors and stakeholders in support of biodiversity and support the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the UN Biodiversity Conference in China in 2020. This new global framework will, in its turn, be a basis for the post-2020 EU biodiversity strategy.

The European Business and Nature Summit will contribute to this agenda by highlighting examples of best practices, tools and approaches to deliver positive business impact on biodiversity. The summit will thereby contribute to enhance the engagement of governments, businesses and financial institutions in the EU on biodiversity and natural capital.

Seizing the global momentum created in the run-up to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference it will contribute to shaping the New Deal for Nature and People and strengthen the call for voluntary actions in favour of biodiversity from the business sector.

The two-day Summit will bring together key representatives from businesses, financial institutions, governments and civil society to facilitate more decisive global action to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore healthy ecosystems.

The European Business and Nature Summit will provide:

  • A forum to discuss the most recent progresses made by businesses and financial institutions to better account for their impacts and dependencies on nature and take informed decisions to generate net positive impact;
  • An opportunity to strengthen political ambitions to protect biodiversity and shape the New Deal for Nature and People;
  • A regional stepping stone in the global run to the post-2020 biodiversity framework as regards business for nature and corporates contributing to protecting biodiversity and natural capital; and
  • An opportunity to engage a wide European audience in addressing biodiversity loss;

The European Business and Nature Summit also counts with the support of CaixaForum Madrid, Fundación Conama, Fundación Global Nature, Red ASYPS and the Ministry of the Environment of Finland as collaborating entities.

The agenda for the European Business and Nature Summit is under development. Stay tuned! Further details will be communicated in the coming months. In the meantime, we invite you to save the date in your calendar.

Should you have any questions, please write to us at lars.mueller@ec.europa.eu or yann.verstraeten@icf.com for the EU B@B Platform, or davidalvarez@ecoacsa.com or mpferrer@ecoacsa.com for Ecoacsa.

More information: https://naturalcapitalsummit.wordpress.com/european-business-and-nature-summit/

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