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ARENAFinal Report0604

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ARENA Network
Business andBiodiversity Project
January 2004 - March 2004
Prepared by Natalie Campbell
 
Business and Biodiversity Project© ARENA Network
REPORT CONTENTS
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2INTRODUCTION3PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT4METHODOLOGY5
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS17RECOMMENDATIONS18
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS21APPENDIX A - ACTION PLAN FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT22
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APPENDIX B - QUESTIONNAIRE FOR BUSINESSES23APPENDIX C – LIST OF QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONDENTS AND THEIR TYPESOF INDUSTRY26
Project Report1April 2004
 
Business and Biodiversity Project© ARENA Network
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Business and Biodiversity project is a three month project dedicated to assessing the levelof information available to businesses to address biodiversity issues. The four main aims of the project were:
To investigate and research the level of information and support currently available tobusinesses;
To identify the existing structures, systems and support mechanisms in place to helpbusinesses understand biodiversity issues in the UK and assess their relevance in Wales;
To assess the feasibility of using an Environmental Management Systems approach (EMS) toaddress biodiversity issues by business;
To identify gaps and make recommendations for actions which will need to be taken forward bythe Wales Biodiversity Partnership and in the Business and Environment Action Plan and other agencies/partners in Wales to deliver biodiversity outcomes involving business.
The project was funded by Countryside Council for Wales through its Innovative SustainableLiving Fund. As a result of the project, the following main recommendations have beenidentified:
Information
An education programme is needed to make businesses aware of how they impact onbiodiversity.
A training programme for business environment coordinators should be developed toensure that they are aware of biodiversity issues and Local Biodiversity Action Plans(LBAPs)
Practical assistance
Grants provided by support organisations should consider encouraging the business to adoptGreen Dragon as a requirement of the grant
Integration
Biodiversity must be integrated into the Green Dragon Standard to recognise its importancewithin an environmental context
A focus on supply chain and procurement is needed to improve the environmental performanceand therefore reduce the impact a business has on biodiversity
Further investigation needs to be carried out within private landscaping businesses into the levelof understanding of biodiversity and endangered species in their working area.
Future correspondence is needed with The Wildlife Trusts with regard to the BiodiversityBenchmark.
Strategy
A formal framework needs to be established to ensure that businesses know whom to contact if they want to know about biodiversity issues
Biodiversity should be included in and made an important part of the Business andEnvironment Action Plan for WalesThese main conclusions and resulting action plan will be presented to the meeting of theWales Biodiversity Partnership in July 2004.
Project Report2April 2004

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