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Principles for using evidence to improve biodiversity impact mitigation by business

White, T. B., Petrovan, S. O., Bennun, L. A., Butterworth, T., Christie, A. P., Downey, H., Hunter, S. B., Jobson, B. R., zu Ermgassen, S.O.S.E., Sutherland, W. J. and others. (2023) Principles for using evidence to improve biodiversity impact mitigation by business. Business Strategy and the Environment, 32 (7). pp. 4719-4733. ISSN 1099-0836. (doi:10.1002/bse.3389) (KAR id:100210)


There is an increasing expectation on the private sector to address biodiversity impacts and contribute towards global conservation goals. Appropriate evidence use can help businesses avoid biodiversity losses and realise gains, reduce ineffective or suboptimal action, whilst minimising biodiversity‐related risks and securing opportunities from engaging with biodiversity. We review the status of evidence‐based action in the private sector, where previous studies have identified concerning trends, and explore the barriers that may currently be hindering practice. To learn from this, and improve the status quo, we propose a set of principles for evidence‐based biodiversity impact mitigation. We outline tools and resources that can help businesses move towards evidence‐based practice and achieve each of these principles. Meeting these principles would improve the biodiversity outcomes from businesses' biodiversity related actions. However, for business action to contribute more fully to global conservation goals, broader political and socio‐economic issues also need addressing.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/bse.3389
Uncontrolled keywords: Biodiversity, effectiveness, efficiency, environmental management, evidence‐based biodiversity management, mitigation hierarchy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
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Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2023 10:16 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 15:04 UTC
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