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Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services

Corporate Consultative Group

September, 2008

World Resources Institute


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

www.zenon.com

What is this?

Water filtration plant


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

www.magazine.noaa.gov

What is this?

Storm protection system


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

What is this?

A playground


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Introducing “ecosystem services”

Provisioning

Goods or products obtained from ecosystems

Regulating

Benefits obtained from an ecosystem’s control of natural processes

Cultural

Nonmaterial benefits obtained from ecosystems


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Examined links between ecosystems and human well-being

1360 experts from 95 countries, 2001-2005

Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS

Partnership of UN agencies, business, and NGOs

VNU <www.vnu.com>

Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Findings

Source: Adapted from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 2005. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis. Washington, DC: Island Press.


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Operational risk: Reduced productivity

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Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Regulatory risk: Lawsuits

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Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Regulatory opportunity: New products to meet new regulations

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Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Market opportunity: New markets for ecosystem services

  • Carbon

  • Biodiversity

  • Wetland mitigation

  • Water quality


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Market opportunity: Markets for ecosystem services


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review

Structured methodology that helps managers proactively

develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities

arising from their company’s dependence and impact on ecosystems


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

5. Develop strategies

4. Identify business risks and opportunities

3. Analyze trends in priority services

2. Identify priority ecosystem services

1. Select the scope

Steps in the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review


Step 4 types of risks and opportunities

Operational

  • Increased scarcity or cost of inputs

  • Reduced output or productivity

  • Disruption to business operations

  • Increased efficiency

  • Low-impact industrial processes

Regulatory and legal

  • Extraction moratoria

  • Lower quotas

  • Fines, user fees

  • Permit or license suspension

  • Permit denial

  • Lawsuits

  • Formal license to expand operations

  • New products to meet new regulations

  • Opportunity to shape government policy

Reputational

  • Damage to brand or image

  • Challenge to social “license to operate”

  • Improved or differentiated brand

Market and product

  • Changes in customer preferences (public sector, private sector)

  • New products or services

  • Markets for certified products

  • Markets for ecosystem services

  • New revenue streams from company-owned or managed ecosystems

Financing

  • Higher cost of capital

  • More rigorous lending requirements

  • Increased investment by progressive lenders and socially responsible investment funds

Step 4. Types of risks and opportunities

NOT EXHAUSTIVE

Type

Risk

Opportunity

World Resources Institute


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Step 5. Identify strategies

Sector or stakeholder engagement

Internal changes

Policy-maker engagement

Operations

Product strategy

Market strategy

Procurement strategy

Land management

Etc.

Industry peer collaboration

Cross-sector collaboration

NGO collaboration

Transactions with stakeholders

Etc.

Tax incentives

Subsidy reforms

Protected areas

Zoning

Etc.


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

Case example: Mondi


Next steps

Next steps

  • Environmental management systems

  • Indicators

  • Economic valuation

  • New markets

  • Policy development

  • Business & Ecosystems Leadership Group


Business ecosystems leadership group

Business & Ecosystems Leadership Group


Mainstreaming ecosystem services corporate consultative group september 2008

www.wri.org/ecosystems/esr

Craig Hanson, Acting Director

+1 202 729-7624

[email protected]

John Finisdore, Researcher

+1 202 729-7897

[email protected]


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