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1 The role of business and business solutions to sustainable land management Sustainable Land Management Business Forum Monday 23 September

2 World Business Council for Sustainable Development

3 3 Agenda (16:30-18:00) 1.How can business contribute? (case studies)  James Griffiths, WBCSD  Juan Gonzalez Valero, Syngenta 2.What are the tools that can help?  Violaine Berger, WBCSD 3.What is the required policy framework?  James Griffiths, WBCSD 4.How can Action2020 support the scale-up of solutions?  Michael Mack, CEO Syngenta, Co-Chair WBCSD-WRI Action Discussion

4 4 Discussion question Raise your hands if … 1)You think that business is part of the solution 2)You are not sure whether business has a role / is willing to collaborate

5 5 Converting wastelands into croplands Background  State government: around 9% of acquired land to be allocated as a ”green belt” (i.e. no infrastructure development)  Reliance Industries Jamnagar oil refinery on the East Indian coast in Gujarat State - largest single location for refining operations globally.  Land surrounding the refinery was barren, with high salinity and very high pH basaltic rocky and sandy soil, and low rainfall. Project - Transformation of the land into fruit plantation  Planted tree species that could provide crops, employment, soil retention, biodiversity, a green working environment around the refinery, and act as wind-breakers  Used drip irrigation  Total of 5.7 million trees planted on the biodiversity project land, 1.8 million trees on the refinery grounds and in its township.  Along the coastline, over 1 million mangroves planted

6 6 Land restoration via forests for conservation and forest plantations for fiber Background  Fibria, Brazilian plantation forest and pulp company, owns 975,000 ha of land operating Mid Atlantic, Cerrado & Pampas biomes  Mandated that one third land holdings managed for biodiversity conservation  Has established a target of restoring 40,000 ha of degraded land to original natural forest by 2025 in conjunction with new fiber plantation development  2012: 2,507 hectares being restored totaling 8,700 hectares in the past three years: 2013 Objective: 4,771 hectares being restored Practices – Sustainable Forest Mosaics Initiative  Business/NGO partnerships for collaborative conservation management  In conservation areas, plant tree species that support biodiversity, especially bird species  Other practices to contribute to the target of reducing the amount of land needed to produce pulp by one third: intensifying management, fertilization practices and advanced harvesting favor the increase in the annual production of pulp per hectare  Intensive plantation and natural forest mosaic landscape

7 7 Sustainable Intensification The challenge: agriculture has to produce for 9+ bn people by 2050 The issue: the natural resources to provide for agriculture are limited and we are losing a soccer field of fertile arable land every second Better soil and land management is a must if we want to preserve biodiversity and achieve food security The consequence is that agriculture needs sustainable intensification to produce more from less

8 8 Soil and WAter Protection - SOWAP Project overview Basis – Conservation Agriculture (CA): minimum/no tillage, crop rotation, cover cropping Aim - to assess environmental, ecological, economic and social benefits of CA in arable cropping system Tenure - three-year project ( ) on four test sites in Belgium, Hungary and the UK Objectives - monitor soil erosion and water quality on CA field Collaborative effort - several partners and sponsored by EU-Life+ Results Maintain or even increase crop yields, reduce soil erosion and run off, (chemical and nutrients) enhance soil biodiversity and organic matter, Increase soil carbon sequestration, cost effective.

9 9 ProTerra – soil conservation Project overview A multi-stakeholder initiative, In collaboration with Spain, France, Portugal and the UK research centres Purpose - to evaluate covering crops (CC) as a BMP in perennial crops (grapes and olives) Location – seven test sites in Southern Europe in the Mediterranean basin Field Results Significant reduction in soil loss Reduction in soil organic matter and nutrients loss (e.g. phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium) Higher losses under conventional tillage

10 10 Agenda (16:30-18:00) 1.How can business contribute? (case studies)  James Griffiths, WBCSD  Juan Gonzalez Valero, Syngenta 2.What are the tools that can help?  Violaine Berger, WBCSD 3.What is the required policy framework?  James Griffiths, WBCSD 4.How can Action2020 support the scale-up of solutions?  Michael Mack, CEO Syngenta, Co-Chair WBCSD-WRI Action Discussion

11 11 What are the tools companies can use?(1/2) 1. Building capacity 2. Sharing best practices 3. Understanding existing tools

12 12 What are the tools companies can use?(2/2) 4. Assessing impacts and dependencies 5. Valuing impacts and dependencies 6. Engaging with policy makers

13 13 Traditional management True cost, True value management Financial Capital Natural Capital Social Capital Business Management Integrating natural capital in businesses

14 14 Why should business value ecosystems? BUSINESS BENEFITS:  Enhanced business decisions  Maintain & Enhance revenues  Reduce costs  Manage risks  Enhance reputation

15 15 Valuation can help companies make better informed decisions Green infrastructureGrey infrastructure Wetland scenario  Estimated present cost over 20 years: $981,000 cost  Net present value: $200,000 Tank scenario  Estimated present cost over 20 years: $1.2 million

16 16 Agenda (16:30-18:00) 1.How can business contribute? (case studies)  James Griffiths, WBCSD  Juan Gonzalez Valero, Syngenta 2.What are the tools that can help?  Violaine Berger, WBCSD 3.What is the required policy framework?  James Griffiths, WBCSD 4.How can Action2020 support the scale-up of solutions?  Michael Mack, CEO Syngenta, Co-Chair WBCSD-WRI Action Discussion

17 Public policy innovation is a key scale up strategy Picking up the Pace – Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes WBCSD input to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP11 (Oct. 2012)

18 Public policy priorities – 5 best options to leverage business Feasibility Investments in natural capital Standards and certification National green accounting Green public procurement Payments for ecosystem services Offsets and no net loss Tax and fiscal incentives Subsidy reform Protected/ managed areas Red= high priority Efficiency and effectiveness

19 Policy case studies with scale up potential in other countries 1.Subsidy reform – fisheries management in New Zealand 2.Tax and fiscal incentives – carbon tax and RM Williams in Australia 3.Payments and markets for ecosystem services – UK Environmental Stewardship scheme and United Utilities 4.Mitigation hierarchy & biodiversity offsets – National System of Conservation Units and Anglo American in Brazil

20 Policy case studies with scale up potential in other countries 5. Investments in natural capital – Symbiose Initiative, BASF in France 6. Green public procurement – UK Government Timber Procurement and Kingfisher 7. Expanding areas with conservation targets beyond Protected Areas – Dairying and Clean Stream Accord and Fonterra in New Zealand 8. National green accounting – ecosystem impact valuation and Komatsu in Japan

21 Key messages on policy process 1.Involve business (and other stakeholders) early during policy design phase Leverage pilots Discover commercial value/benefits 2.Consider full policy landscape and scope for adjustments, reform, co-benefits, perverse outcomes, optimize resources and impacts 3.Set clear goals across and within sectors to achieve positive business and biodiversity outcomes at the landscape level (spatial planning)

22 Key message on policy process 4. Mobilize the business sector Technical and financial support Clarify property and access rights Maximize value/business benefits 5. Coordination and dialogue with business and stakeholders during implementation phase 6. Monitoring and feedback loops Give sufficient time for business to adapt

23 Agenda (16:30-18:00) 1.How can business contribute? (case studies)  James Griffiths, WBCSD  Juan Gonzalez Valero, Syngenta 2.What are the tools that can help?  Violaine Berger, WBCSD 3.What is the required policy framework?  James Griffiths, WBCSD 4.How can Action2020 support the scale-up of solutions?  Michael Mack, CEO Syngenta, Co-Chair WBCSD-WRI Action Discussion

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25 Vision 2050 A long-term vision for 9 billion people in 2050, all living well within the limits of the planet. Nine aspirational pathways that lead to the vision. A recognition of the need for radical change to make Vision 2050 a reality. Significant opportunities identified for business. 25

26 From Vision 2050 to Action

27 Original Science Priorities 27

28 Current Priority Areas 1 4 Climate change Harmful substances 7 Skills and employment 2 5 Nutrients elements 3 Ecosystems 8 Sustainable lifestyles 6 Basic needs and rights 9 4F’s – Food, Feed, Fiber & biofuels Informed by Stockholm Resilience Centre-led scientific consultation Informed by work of international organizations, research organizations and the Action2020 Project Team Water

29 Action2020 Architecture Societal Must-Haves (2020 Goal) Priority Areas Policy & Institutional Requirements Business Solutions Technologies, Practices, New Business Models, Standards/Certifications Vision 2050 Company Value Chain Sector Actions by Companies Enablers of Scale Measurement/ Reporting Tracking/Verification Financing & Investment Partnership & Collaboration

30 Action2020 Architecture Societal Must-Haves (2020 Goal) Priority Areas Policy & Institutional Requirements Business Solutions Technologies, Practices, New Business Models, Standards/Certifications Vision 2050 Company Value Chain Sector Actions by Companies Enablers of Scale Measurement/ Reporting Tracking/Verification Financing & Investment Partnership & Collaboration Restore at least 12 million hectares per year of degraded lands Restore productivity to degraded land “go zones”

31 Agenda (16:30-18:00) 1.How can business contribute? (case studies)  James Griffiths, WBCSD  Juan Gonzalez Valero, Syngenta 2.What are the tools that can help?  Violaine Berger, WBCSD 3.What is the required policy framework?  James Griffiths, WBCSD 4.How can Action2020 support the scale-up of solutions?  Michael Mack, CEO Syngenta, Co-Chair WBCSD-WRI Action Discussion

32 Discussion question Raise your hands if … 1)You think that business is part of the solution 2)You are not sure whether business has a role / is willing to collaborate

33 33 Discussion questions Within the UNCCD context, how do you think we can bring sustainable land management solutions to scale?  What is the role of land owners/managers?  What is the role of business?  What is the role of governments?


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