Preserving nature is a strategic business imperative – GEF

The global phenomena of the COVID-19 pandemic is tangible evidence of how an imbalanced ecosystem can bring massive economic damage and social inequalities, putting millions of lives and businesses at risk. In the long run and, more importantly, the environmental divide and degradation of natural ecosystems pose a significant risk to the viability of the global economic system.

 

Sustainability is the pathway to recovery and resilience

The global phenomena of the COVID-19 pandemic is tangible evidence of how an imbalanced ecosystem can bring massive economic damage and social inequalities, putting millions of lives and businesses at risk. In the long run and, more importantly, the environmental divide and degradation of natural ecosystems pose a significant risk to the viability of the global economic system.

 

Countries and companies that depend on natural resources are consistently facing the risk of their depletion, supply-chain disruption and soaring input costs. The capability of business leaders to show resilience in securing supply chains, and the well-being of employees and stakeholders, is being tested – bearing witness to the imperative that natural ecosystems and the global commons underpin global economic stability, and humanity itself.

 

Against this backdrop, business as usual will not suffice. Companies must embrace change by integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their DNA. In Indonesia, the SDGs have become the national development agenda by presidential decree. However, the old social contract and division of labor, where government is solely responsible for creating a sustainable environment, needs to be rewritten. Governments and businesses must be collectively responsible for putting green measures and sustainability at the center of the economic recovery.

 

In navigating towards recovery, we at the Sintesa Group have devoted our business to sustainable excellence, focused on building value that is based on sustainability. As a strategic investment holding company, we simultaneously connect the dots regarding how to synergize our business model, product services innovation, codes of conduct, policies, value chain, and employees. We ensure that no one is left behind. This takes commitment, built on noble values that encourage empowerment, co-operation, and solidarity.

 

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Effective management of transboundary protected areas - BIOPAMA

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EU and UK launch consultations on policies to reduce deforestation in supply chains – Fern

Following its  Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests in 2019, the European Commission has finally opened a questionnaire-based consultation on policies needed to reduce deforestation and forest degradation associated with EU consumption of forest-risk commodities.

2nd 2020 IFED ONLINE TRAINING - MFE 212 : REDD++ - Payments for Environmental Services (PES)

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Forests and Finance - The banks and investors exposed to deforestation risks in Southeast Asia, Central and West Africa and in Brazil.

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Global and African Leaders Welcome Launch of GCA Africa as “Historic Moment to Accelerate Adaptation” on the Continent – AFDB

The Global Center on Adaptation today announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change.

RFUK: PRESS RELEASE: UN plan to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030 could displace hundreds of millions, NGOs and experts warn

One hundred twenty-eight environmental and human rights NGOs and experts today warn that a United Nations drive to increase global protected areas such as national parks could lead to severe human rights violations and cause irreversible social harm for some of the world’s poorest people.

Bending the curve of terrestrial biodiversity needs an integrated Bending the curve of terrestrial biodiversity needs an integrated strategy – Nature

Increased efforts are required to prevent further losses to terrestrial biodiversity and the ecosystem services that it provides1,2. Ambitious targets have been proposed, such as reversing the declining trends in biodiversity3; however, just feeding the growing human population will make this a challenge4.

Using Integrated Landscape Management to scale Agroforestry: Examples from Ecuador – Ecoagriculture

Already in the late 1970s, EcoAgriculture Partners´ Sara Scherr and Louise Buck experienced the promise that agroforestry holds: improving livelihood security for smallholders, especially women and children. As they were working with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry’ (ICRAF) in Kenya, they were studying and promoting agroforestry as an approach to farming that integrates production and conservation functions.

ATIBT News du 04/09/2020

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UNGA goes virtual — register now for Uniting Business LIVE

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ATIBT News 28/08/2020

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Artisanal Shark Trade in the Republic of the Congo – Traffic

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, 17th August 2020—Congolese artisanal fishers are increasingly turning to shark fishing because of increased scarcity of other stocks overfished by industrial fisheries: urgent legislative and management improvements are needed to prevent a collapse of shark fishing and protect local livelihoods finds a new TRAFFIC report.

Climate financing by leading multilateral development banks tops $61.6 billion – AFDB

The study expands the scope of reporting for the first time to all countries with multilateral development bank operations. It now provides data on MDB climate finance commitments beyond those directed solely at developing and emerging economies, but with the focus remaining on low- and middle-income countries.

COVID-19 is an opportunity for innovation and increased solidarity in Africa, say AU and UNDP – AU

"The consequences of the pandemic could be long-lasting", stated Ambassador Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, adding that "the AU will continue to support governments to make extremely difficult choices to address the impact of COVID-19 across the continent".

Limbe Wildlife Centre: July 2020

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G20 Meetings Review Responses to Pandemic, Discuss Role of Digital Technologies in Accelerating Recovery – IISD

Following virtual meetings in July 2020, the Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors issued a communiqué that acknowledges global economic activity is expected to contract sharply in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic...

H.E. Amb. Josefa Leonel Correia SACKO Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture On the occasion of The Launching of the Inaugural Africa Biennial Report on Disaster Risk Reduction – AU

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