Message from Lisbon on Business and Biodiversity
More than 400 leaders from business, governments, the EU and NGOs meeting in Lisbon, 12-13 November 2007, have signalled a major shift in thinking on the role of business in biodiversity conservation.
Convergence between public and private sectors on the critical importance of biodiversity - the rich diversity of animals, plants and nature that supports us all - and what needs to be done now to stem a steadily worsening global crisis, emerged at the conference. The Message from Lisbon called on business, governments, the EU and NGOs to:
- Continue raising awareness of the strong competitive advantage companies can gain from conserving biodiversity
- Promote the use of market, corporate responsibility and regulatory schemes;
- Support business with operational tools for biodiversity conservation and measuring their performance in meaningful ways, especially in small and medium-sized companies; and
- Encourage new incentives to develop and strengthen partnerships between companies, governments at all levels, NGOs and academia.
Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, gave a speech on the importance of assessments of biodiversity and ecosystems in bridging the gaps between policy-makers and business and between business and the citizen. The text of the speech can be found here