It was my pleasure to join the Sustainable Consumption and Production meeting hosted by OnePlanet at UNEA6 and discuss the importance of enabling…
The importance of biodiversity has been reaffirmed in the current Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. To “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss” is one of the 17 goals that the member state representatives to the United Nations have agreed.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, agriculture impacts 8,482 threatened species globally, while forestry impacts 7,953 threatened species, compared to the infrastructure and extractive sectors, which impact up to 4,688 and 1,692 threatened species respectively.
While agriculture is a major driver of biodiversity loss it could also significantly contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This is what the new IUCN report No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact: Approaches for Biodiversity affirms. The report finds that under certain conditions, companies could have a greater impact in reducing biodiversity loss than in other sectors. Applying No Net Loss (NNL) and Net Positive Impact (NPI) approaches to agriculture and forestry landscapes are two of the solutions that IUCN proposes in the report.
The document is an outcome of a working group convened by IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme in 2013 that brought together experts on this issue from both the business and conservation communities.
This is an important finding that could inform the new process at the UN Committee on World Food Security on Forestry. The CFS has commissioned its High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) to prepare a report on Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition to feed into the debate at its 44th session in 2017. Emerging ag serves as the Secretariat of the Private Sector Mechanism to the CFS. We are running a working group on forestry. If you are interested in joining this schedule of work with colleagues from the forestry sector, don’t hesitate to contact me.