Announcing the Business & Biodiversity Platform

Dear members,

Natural Capital Ireland is pleased to announce that we have begun working with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Business in the Community Ireland to develop a new platform to support the private sector in taking action to combat the biodiversity crisis. The online hub will be vital for ensuring Irish businesses remain focused on the fact that biodiversity loss poses as big a risk to our economy and planet as climate change - and the two issues are closely interlinked.

Jointly backed by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and the National Parks & Wildlife Service / Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, the initiative was launched last week with strong messages of support from Minister of State for Biodiversity & Land Use Pippa Hackett and Minister of State for Heritage & Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan - read our story below for full details. (Both Green Party ministers will also be taking part in our Peatlands Gathering event this October 7-9, more below.)

We are currently seeking to recruit a Platform Manager to develop and run the Business & Biodiversity Platform - read the job spec below and apply by October 7th.

Please keep an eye on our social media channels - Twitter & LinkedIn - .and our website for updates on this and other environmental and natural capital developments.


Building a Business and Biodiversity Platform for Ireland - help wanted 
Backed by Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine & the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, the Irish Business & Biodiversity hub will support businesses to take measurable, practical actions to combat the biodiversity crisis. Aiming to launch online early next year, NCI will work in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Data Centre & Business in the Community Ireland to engage with the private sector to develop the hub to establish a set of biodiversity actions and tailored metrics, with best-practice advice, tools, webinars and networking. Read more here
NOW HIRING! Natural Capital Ireland is seeking a Platform Manager to develop the national Business and Biodiversity Platform. The Platform Manager will be an independent contractor who will oversee the daily management of the project, working as part of the Project Implementation Team in close cooperation with the Platform Secretariat and NCI contractors, supported by a Project Leaders Group and an Advisory Group. The main focus of the role is to develop a viable business model for the Platform and its members, and support the team to create a Biodiversity Pledge for businesses, with case studies and a suite of member resources. Read the full job advert here for more details of requirements and apply by October 7th, 2021.


The line-up for Peatlands Gathering 2021 is now online along with our fast-filling Field Trips map but there's still time to sign up for our peat meet on October 7-9 here. The online sessions will be launched by Minister Malcolm Noonan, while Senator Pippa Hackett will participate in a round table discussion with Andy Bleasdale of National Parks & Wildlife Service, Andrew Jackson of UCD & Nuala Madigan of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and more. We will be sharing our learnings from the sessions at the Peatlands Pavilion at the Cop26 global event on climate change. Book the remaining places on our field trips around Irish sites here. Speakers and participants have been writing about their varied peatland projects - read their bog blogs here and check out the full programme here


Transparent Project - Public Consultation for Standardised Natural Capital Accounting Methodology for Business
Deadline: Sept 30th
Capitals Coalition

The Sustainability Revolution – Virtual Conference Series
Dates: Oct 5-7th 

World Habitat Day
Date: October 4th

Peatlands Gathering
Date: Oct 7-9th
Host: Natural Capital Ireland

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference
Dates: Oct 6-7th
Ecosystem Knowledge Network

Sustainable Peatlands: A Win for All
Date: Oct 13th
CANAPE, European Landowners Org

European SDG Summit
Date: Oct 11-14th
CSR Europe

Climate Finance Week Ireland
Dates: Oct 11-15th
Sustainable Finance Ireland

Dates: Oct 11-15th
Location: Online

World Biodiversity Summit Pt2
Date: Oct 14th
World Climate Foundation

Ecosystem Services Valuation Database Launch
Date: Oct 14
FSDCapitals Coalition

GCF Private Investment for Climate 2021
Dates: 18&19 October
Green Climate Fund

Dates: Oct 30-31st
Host: Italy

Dates: Oct 31st-12th 
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK 

World Biodiversity Summit Pt3
Date: Nov 10th
World Climate Foundation

European Business & Nature Summit
Dates: Nov 30-Dec1st
Host: EU

For more and to submit an event, visit our NCI Event database


New Briefing for CEOs launched on Investing in a Nature-Positive Economy

"Today, we are facing intertwined crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, food security and social inequality. To solve any one of them, we need solutions that address all of them." So says a new CEO Briefing launched by Business for NatureWe Mean Business CoalitionWBCSD – World Business Council for Sustainable DevelopmentWorld Economic Forum making the case for an integrated narrative and action agenda. Read the briefing here.
Towards biosphere stewardship: A new study finds that without Earth’s complex web of terrestrial and marine ecosystems - known as the biosphere - we would already be seeing far more severe climate impacts than we are now. Using state-of-the-art modelling, Conservation International scientists simulated how ecosystems, such as mangroves and old-growth forests, absorb and store climate-warming carbon. They then demonstrated how global temperatures would have risen if humanity had gone through the Industrial Age with a biosphere that did not absorb carbon pollution. Results were stark. Read the paper here.

The Nature Conservancy's set of infographics on Building Better For Biodiversity

A set of infographics that tackle the nature funding gap - topics include Building Better for BiodiversityUnlocking Funding to Lock Up Carbon, & Rerooting Subsidies in Nature
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