Biodiv Sci ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (11): 22078.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022078

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Progress, pathways and suggestions on business engagement in biodiversity mainstreaming

Jing Xu1, Jinzhou Wang1, Junsheng Li2,*()   

  1. 1. State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Regional Eco-process and Function Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012
    2. Command Center for Comprehensive Survey of Natural Resources, China Geological Survey Bureau, Beijing 100055
  • Received:2022-02-16 Accepted:2022-08-12 Online:2022-11-20 Published:2022-10-26
  • Contact: Junsheng Li


Background & Contents: Business play an important role in biodiversity mainstreaming. This paper summarizes the dependence and impact of business on biodiversity, reviewed decisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity that refer to business. The analysis of the implementation progress of the four mainstreaming targets in the 2011‒2020 Biodiversity Strategic Plan shows that strengthening the participation of stakeholders, including enterprises, can be one of the prerequisites for stronger requirements for future biodiversity action. The paper summarizes four global pathways for strengthening business engagement, including awareness raising, guiding financial flow, updating reporting systems and establishing partnerships, and concludes four challenges, lack of awareness on biodiversity value, financial gaps, the need for technical and methodological support, as well as the need for capacity building.

Suggestions: The paper proposes the strategies for strengthening business engagement in biodiversity mainstreaming, including strengthening biodiversity financing, improving environmental performance system, strengthening scientific support and establishing a multi-stakeholder collaboration mechanism.

Key words: the Convention on Biological Diversity, ecosystem services, natural capital, Aichi Biodiversity Targets