Defining and Measuring “Destructive Fishing” in Support of Achieving SDG14 – Life Below Water (archives.php)

Defining and Measuring “Destructive Fishing” in Support of Achieving SDG14 – Life Below Water

Fisheries as a practice, and the pressures these activities place on fish populations, other marine species and marine ecosystems are incredibly diverse in nature. As such, a diversity of approaches are required to overcome the challenges faced and aid transitions to more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. This project aims for a greater shared understanding…

Bringing biodiversity into the heart of natural capital approaches

Biodiversity is insufficiently incorporated into private sector natural capital assessments. As a result activities designed to reduce impact on natural capital tend to focus on water and carbon, overlooking biodiversity considerations. This project will engage with key stakeholders to explore how biodiversity can be better represented and integrated into such assessments. 

Embedding environmental sustainability in the start-up ecosystem

Business activities have a massive effect on environmental conservation, and start-up companies represent a significant part of the future of business. This project will develop a proof of concept to demonstrate how to build capacity amongst entrepreneurs, their supporters and financial backers to integrate sustainability into business models from the outset.

Estimating the relative environmental footprints of palm oil and potential alternatives

This project, a collaboration between RSPB, UNEP-WCMC, BirdLife International and The University of Cambridge department of Plant Sciences, aims to produce the first assessment of the relative environmental costs of vegetable oil production across all the world’s production systems, to identify particularly damaging or benign production systems, and to allow comparison of environmental costs between…

Conserving wild pollinators and increasing food security by strengthening the sustainable management of company supply chains

A diverse community of pollinators provides the most effective and stable crop pollination, but research suggests that wild pollinators are in decline. Commercial agriculture and crop procurement companies have a vested interest in maintaining pollinator services, but are currently unresponsive to this issue. Focusing on the procurement of pollinator-dependent crops, the purpose of this project,…

Expanding Conservation Impact through Enterprise Development (EXCITED)

The Convention on Biological Diversity 2011-2020 Strategic Plan aims to integrate biodiversity values into local and national development strategies. At the same time, it is widely recognised that local communities require economic – amongst other – incentives if they are to change practices that threaten biodiversity. However, efforts by conservation organisations to support the livelihoods…

Understanding barriers and opportunities to develop biodiversity offsets – a multi-sector perspective

Biodiversity offsets are measurable conservation outcomes developed to compensate for unavoidable residual impacts to biodiversity resulting from project development to ensure no net loss or even a net gain in biodiversity. This is an emerging area and is subject to ongoing trials and improvements, so represents a priority for science-policy groups such as CCI to…

Carbon management and the ‘greening’ of conservation organisations in Cambridge

In 2008, a report commissioned by the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) and UNEP-WCMC, reviewed the state of the voluntary carbon market and how organisations in Cambridge offset and reduce their carbon emissions. Building on this report, the Shared Challenges Programme brought together representatives from a range of CCF and CCI partner organisations and the University of…

The implications of the EU Renewable Energy Directive for biodiversity

The European Union Renewable Energy Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable resources sets a 10% mandatory target for the use of renewable energy in transport and has been causing a significant increase in biofuels production for the EU market. Shared Challenges brought together academics and policy experts from across CCI…