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Working across sectors

Making decisions for a landscape in Peru. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.
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To support multiple land uses while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, the engagement of the many stakeholders that utilise, benefit from and influence biodiversity and ecosystem services is vital.

In landscapes affected by extractive and agricultural sectors, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with government, business and civil society sectors to catalyse cross-sectoral collaborations to support more integrated, sustainable landscape planning and management and to achieve shared conservation objectives.

Harvesting rice in Lombok, Indonesia. Credit: Martin Hardiyono/FFI.

In agricultural landscapes, a wide range of stakeholders influence and benefit from biodiversity and ecosystems. Credit: Martin Hardiyono/FFI.

Engaging multiple stakeholders

Sustainable conservation is only possible once all stakeholders are involved. FFI is working to catalyse and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes to strengthen environmental governance in landscapes affected by extractive and agricultural sectors.

In West Africa, for example, the mining of iron ore conflicts with biodiversity protection in a remote mountain range straddling Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire. Here, FFI is working towards establishing a multi-stakeholder transboundary platform that will enable communities, companies, conservation NGOs and government bodies across all three countries to be involved in environmental management decisions.

Sectoral and cross-sector engagement for biodiversity conservation

It is important that we understand the biodiversity and ecosystem issues associated with and among various sectors. FFI actively participates in a number of initiatives that are aimed at improving sector-wide performance. Our main objectives when engaging with such initiatives are to:

• Promote a proactive approach to biodiversity and ecosystem management that ensures long-term enhancement

• Develop a common understanding of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems to sustainability – to develop the ‘business case’ for action

• Provide guidance on the development of sectoral best practice, with an emphasis on the integration of biodiversity and ecosystems into strategic planning

• Leverage the influence our partnerships have within their sectors to set new standards and expectations with regards to the management of biodiversity and ecosystems

Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

FFI works together with businesses to help integrate biodiversity and ecosystems in strategic planning. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

We are involved with:

Financial sector initiatives – We have an advisory role with banks, asset managers and insurance providers, including equator banks, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Extractive sector initiatives – We are actively engaging with the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM), the Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues (IPIECA), the Better Coal Initiative and the Dutch Coal Dialogue.

Agricultural sector initiatives – We are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), the High Conservation Value (HCV ) Resource Network Steering Group and Landscapes for People, Food and Nature.

Marine sector initiatives – FFI has a growing presence and interest in the marine sector and how it interacts with the other sectors we are working with.

Cross-sector initiatives – We have contributed to international initiatives including The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB), The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI), the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) and the Carbon Disclosure Project. We are also involved in national business and biodiversity initiatives aimed at fostering dialogue and collaboration among business, government and civil society.

To learn more about our work, download our Working with business for conservation brochure (PDF).

You can also visit our Landscape level assessment page.

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Pippa Howard

Pippa Howard is the Director of the Business & Biodiversity Programme. Pippa has degrees in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Zoology and Development Management. She is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with over 20 years experience in a variety of spheres of biodiversity conservation, environmental management, impact assessment, development and sustainability. She has worked on projects in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Ecuador, Alaska, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Liberia, Guinea, Chile, Spain, Bulgaria, Sultanate of Oman, Indonesia and Singapore. Pippa directs and is responsible for FFI's initiatives and partnerships with multinational corporations and all corporate affairs. She plays a key role in developing business and biodiversity strategy, business plans and financial management; provides specialist input to cross-sector partnerships and multidisciplinary programmes in biodiversity conservation; is a specialist in extractives sector environmental management, biodiversity risk assessment, action planning and management and biodiversity offsets design, management and implementation. Pippa also sits on a number of sectoral initiatives (BBOP, ICMM, GRI, IPIECA) and biodiversity advisory committees of extractive sector companies (De Beers, Rio Tinto, Nexen, Areva).

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