In the context of the rapid degradation of natural ecosystems around the world, calls for the private sector to take responsibility and contribute to the protection and restoration of biodiversity and natural capital have been growing for over two decades. Commitments to biodiversity by a variety of companies from different sectors, large and small, individually or through a variety of collective initiatives, are multipliying. However, the effort remains insufficient in the face of the scale of the challenge.
Most of the work on this subject has so far focused on the (fundamental and priority) issues of reducing the impacts of businesses on biodiversity and improving the reporting frameworks for commitments made in this area, and on managing the dependencies and risks of businesses in the face of the degradation of the services provided by nature from which they benefit.
Although related to these issues, my research focuses more specifically on another important dimension of the problem: the ways in which companies are/can get involved in the collective management of ecosystems at the landscape scale, and the need to design new strategic, organisational and accounting frameworks to support these activities.
This has led me to focus on companies operating in the environmental sector as potential : (1) strategic actors for the protection and restoration of ecosystems within the framework of new business and entrepreneurial models ; (2) pioneers of new forms of business governance adapted to the realities of the Anthropocene, based on renewed ecological accounting foundations.
Below you will find details of the research carried out so far on these issues. See in particular this publication and this blog post. I am also continuing my involvement in this topic through my participation in the international expertise process for the scoping study of the future IPBES (International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) report on “Business and biodiversity”.