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Ecosystem Challenges and Business Implications, published by Earthwatch, WRI, WBCSD and the IUCN warns that companies must transform business models and operations if they are to avoid major economic losses caused by the current degradation of ecosystems and the vital services they provide.

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"The preservation of biodiversity is not just a job for governments. International and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and each and every individual have a role to play in changing entrenched outlooks and ending destructive patterns of behaviour"

Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General on the 2003 International Day of Biological Diversity.

People everywhere depend upon biodiversity for their livelihoods, their quality of life, and to provide basic ecological services on which all life depends

Companies too depend on biodiversity. It helps to stabilise the climate and provide clean air and water, services vital for a stable operating environment. It provides raw materials, technology and business opportunities.

Biodiversity, or the variety of life and natural systems, is disappearing all across the globe faster than ever before. This loss of biodiversity represents a business risk. As diversity disappears, so do the opportunities for new products, new technologies and new business opportunities.

As users and beneficiaries of biodiversity, businesses are increasingly becoming involved in its management. Companies across the world are now taking steps to halt and reverse the trend of the decline of biodiversity.

This resource centre can help you find out about the important role which biodiversity plays for businesses. You can see how your sector impacts on wildlife and nature, and what companies are doing to help conserve and manage biodiversity.



This site is managed by Earthwatch Institute (Europe)

Photo Credit: Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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