Launch of India Business and Biodiversity Initiative
Concurrent to India’s Presidency of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Indian companies have joined hands to address the critical issue of biodiversity loss under a national initiative. The India Business & Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) will serve as a national platform of business and its stakeholders for dialogue sharing and learning, ultimately leading to mainstreaming sustainable management of biological diversity into businesses. IBBI’s vision is to sensitize, guide and mentor Indian business organizations in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use related to their operations, across their value chain and beyond towards conservation of India’s biodiversity.
On invitation by the Indian Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry is hosting IBBI with the support of GIZ. The initiative was launched on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2014, at WWF-India Secretariat, Lodi Estate, New Delhi, India. The Programme also followed the official launch of the IBBI logo and website (see link below).
Indo-German Biodiversity Programme supports IBBI under its project, ‘Incentives for Sustainable Management of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’, which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Membership to IBBI is open for companies from any sector and size, as well as stakeholder organizations that can contribute to the platform in terms of technical assistance. The business members of IBBI are subject to become signatories to a 10-point IBBI Declaration, demonstrating the organization’s commitment towards biodiversity
Panel members comprising leading experts and dignitaries from partner and member organisations