The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Business and Enterprise

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Joshua Bishop
Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - Science - 270 pages

This book is a product of the TEEB study (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity). It provides important evidence of growing corporate concern about biodiversity loss and offers examples of how leading companies are taking action to conserve biodiversity and to restore ecosystems.

This book reviews indicators and drivers of biodiversity loss and ecosystem decline, and shows how these present both risks and opportunities to all businesses. It examines the changing preferences of consumers for nature-friendly products and services, and offers examples of how companies are responding. The book also describes recent initiatives to enable businesses to measure, value and report their impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The authors review a range of practical tools to manage biodiversity risks in business, with examples of how companies are using these tools to reduce costs, protect their brands and deliver real business value. The book also explores the emergence of new business models that deliver biodiversity benefits and ecosystem services on a commercial basis, the policy enabling frameworks needed to stimulate investment and entrepreneurship to realize such opportunities, and the obstacles that must be overcome.

The book further examines how businesses can align their actions in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services with other corporate responsibility initiatives, including community engagement and poverty reduction. Finally, the book concludes with a summary and recommendations for action.


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Chapter 1 Introduction to Biodiversity and Ecosystems for Business
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 Development
Chapter 7 Summary and Conclusion

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About the author (2013)

While writing and editing this book, Joshua Bishop was Chief Economist at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), based in Switzerland. He has co-authored several Earthscan books on the links between economics, the environment and sustainable development. His recent work has focused on translating the concepts and methods of environmental economics into the language and practice of business.

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