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Corporate Ecosystem Services Review Overview. The benefits society and business obtain from ecosystems The goods and services of nature Ecosystem services.

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1 Corporate Ecosystem Services Review Overview

2 The benefits society and business obtain from ecosystems The goods and services of nature Ecosystem services Biodiversity The variability among living organisms – Within species & populations – Between species – Between ecosystems Ecosystem A dynamic complex of plant, animal, and micro-organism communities and the non-living environment interacting as a functional unit Definitions 2

3 Provisioning Goods or products produced by ecosystems Regulating Natural processes regulated by ecosystems Cultural Non-material benefits obtained from ecosystems Types of ecosystem services 3 Supporting Functions that maintain all other services

4 The business case for action on ecosystems Businesses impact on ecosystems and ecosystem services Businesses rely and depend on ecosystems and ecosystem services Ecosystem change creates business risks and opportunities 4

5 Structured method to develop strategies to manage risks and opportunities arising from dependence and impact on ecosystems WRI/ WBCSD/ Meridian Institute Approx. 300 c ies using tool since March 08 launch Available in 6 languages Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) 5

6 Impacts and dependencies New considerations – regulating services New perspective – unites economic & environmental Framework for considering tradeoffs Solutions – regulatory and markets Scientific consensus Making the case: the ESRs value add 6

7 Environment and sustainability Corporate strategy/research Production/service team Finance External relations Foundation (if related to core business) External experts Ecosystem services Strategic consultants Forming an ESR team – key members 7

8 5 Steps in the ESR 5. Develop strategies 4. Identify business risks and opportunities 3. Analyze trends in priority services 2. Identify priority ecosystem services 1. Select the scope 8

9 Step 1: Select the scope 1. Select the scope 9

10 Considerations when selecting the scope 1. Which stage of the value chain? Customers Company Suppliers Which customer(s)? In which geographic market(s)? What aspect of the company? Business unit Product line Facility Project Landholdings Which supplier(s)? In which geographic market(s)? 2. Who and where specifically? 3. Is it strategic, timely, and supported? 10

11 Step 2: Identify priority ecosystem services 2. Identify priority ecosystem services 1. Select the scope 11

12 Go to worksheet 12

13 Step 2: Evaluating dependence 1. Does this ecosystem service serve as an input or does it enable / enhance conditions for successful company performance? 2. Does this ecosystem service have cost-effective substitutes? Yes No Low dependence No High dependence Yes Medium dependence 13

14 Step 2: Evaluating impact 1.Does the company affect the quantity or quality of this ecosystem service? 2.Is the companys impact positive or negative? Yes No Low impact No Medium impact 3.Does the companys impact limit or enhance the ability of others to benefit from this ecosystem service? Yes High impact Positive Negative 14

15 Step 2: Select priority services 15

16 Step 3: Analyze trends in priority services 3. Analyze trends in priority services 2. Identify priority ecosystem services 1. Select the scope 16

17 Step 3: Trends analysis framework Condition and trends in ecosystem service Direct drivers Activities of others Indirect drivers Company activities 17

18 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: Identify business risks and opportunities 18

19 Step 4: Risks and opportunities Regulatory and legal Extraction moratoria Lower quotas Fines, user fees Permit or license suspension /denial Lawsuits Reputational Damage to brand or image Challenge to license to operate Operational Increased scarcity or cost of inputs Reduced quality of inputs Reduced output or productivity Disruption to business operations FinancingHigher cost of capital More rigorous lending requirements TypeRisk Market and product Changes in customer preferences Opportunity Increased resource use efficiency Low-impact industrial/manufacturing processes Formal license to expand operations New products to meet new regulation Opportunity to shape government policy Improved or differentiated brand New products or services Markets for certified products Markets for ecosystem services Increased investment by progressive lenders and socially responsible investment funds Not exhaustive

20 Step 4: Risks and opportunities Priority ecosystem service Potential risks Potential opportunities Freshwater Increased water scarcity due to: – Invasive species – Nearby farmers – Climate change Internal efficiency improvements\ (Co) financing improvements of nearby farmers Biomass fuel Use plantation residue in Mondi generator Sell plantation in biomass-to-energy markets Global climate regulation Emerging markets for carbon sequestration Recreation and ecotourism Ecotourism market potential Livestock Grazing reducing productivity Perceived under-utilization of Mondi land by nearby farmers 20

21 Step 5: Develop strategies 5. Develop strategies 4. Identify business risks and opportunities 3. Analyze trends in priority services 2. Identify priority ecosystem services 1. Select the scope 21

22 Categories of strategies Internal changes Operations Product strategy Market strategy Procurement strategy Land management Etc. Sector or stake- holder engagement Industry peer collaboration Cross-sector collaboration NGO collaboration Transactions with stakeholders Etc. Policy-maker engagement Tax incentives Subsidy reforms Protected areas Zoning Etc. 22

23 Frame ongoing initiatives in an ecosystem services perspective Build and leverage employee knowledge Use the process for other purposes Carry out a gap analysis Embed ecosystem services into Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) Improve plants and land management Incorporate into product development Analyze supply chains … Applications of the ESR 23

24 Provide insights on ecosystem issues Highlight (potential) risks and opportunities Put ecosystems higher on corporate agenda / give added urgency to action on ecosystems Shape ecosystem management plans / integrate ES into corporate planning Strengthen existing approaches to environmental impact assessment Demonstrate leadership in corporate sustainability Communicate ecosystem issues internally and externally Engage non-business stakeholders / improve relationships ESR benefits – users told us it helped them… 24

25 Next steps: Ecosystem services for corporate decision-making EIA LCA SME Financial Risk 25 WRI main page on ESR material: WBCSDs Ecosystem Valuation Initiative, see:

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