The conference “Business and Biodiversity” took place in Moscow in the building of the Russian Geographical Society on November 11, 2019.

It was a part of the National Project “Ecology”. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and “Expocenter “Nature Reserves of Russia”. Representatives of government, business, science and specially protected natural areas attended the meeting. “EthnoExpert” was represented by leading expert A.Yu. Chistyakov.

“Business and Biodiversity” is a global program by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; it includes national initiatives. Conference participants discussed the increasing the environmental and social responsibility of business, cooperation of companies with environmental organizations and authorities, raising stakeholder awareness of biodiversity conservation issues, mechanisms for developing specific activities to mitigate the negative impact on nature.

In practice, this means the need to develop indicators of the effectiveness of corporate measures to preserve biodiversity, a hierarchy of measures for mitigate negative impacts on biodiversity, development of non-financial reporting of companies, using the capacity of scientific organizations and special protected natural areas in biodiversity monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of companies.

The conference became a platform for the exchange of experience in the successful implementation of programs and projects for the conservation and restoration of ecosystems and particular species, which “EthnoExpert” will use in its activities.