CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015


Business and Biodiversity Forum
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“Practices, Solutions and the Way Forward”

11–12 November, Helsinki, Finland


The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö is the patron of the CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015.

CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015 “Practices, Solutions and the Way Forward” will be held on 11–12 November, at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland. The 5th CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum offers various examples of companies’ solutions from the agriculture, forestry, mining and oil industries. In addition, financing mechanisms for biodiversity will be discussed, along with the role of biodiversity in supply chain management.

The forum is aimed at broadening the knowledge of the central role corporations play in protecting biodiversity and deepening companies’ understanding of business opportunities connected to biodiversity and the associated risks in the loss of biodiversity. It brings together biodiversity specialists working for corporations from around the world to exchange knowledge of companies’ latest practices on business and biodiversity.

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment is organising the event in cooperation with Finland’s leading corporate responsibility network FIBS and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum is part of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity initiative that supports biodiversity. The forum was last held in October 2014 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in parallel with COP 12 of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Target groups

The forum is primarily targeted to companies; however, NGOs, educational institutions, the public sector, business and biodiversity initiatives and other relevant stakeholders are welcome to participate in the meeting. Especially, we look forward to seeing participants from the Nordic countries, the Baltic region and Russia.

The main target groups are:

  • Top management: supply, finance and strategy directors, executive board members, board of directors
  • Corporate responsibility, environment and quality directors, managers and specialists
  • Communication managers and specialists
  • Researchers
  • Public sector (e.g. ministries)
  • Media (especially finance and environmental journalists)
  • NGOs
  • Business and biodiversity initiatives

At the 2014 CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum over 30 countries were represented. The forum gathered together about 250 official representatives of businesses, Parties of the convention, associations, NGOs, academia and other stakeholder groups.


Field Excursion

Getting to know biodiversity in Finnish Agriculture and Forestry

After the Forum a field excursion to Finnish country side takes place on FRIDAY 13.11.2015 AT 8:30 - 13:00. During the excursion two different sites are visited: an organic farm Knehtilä and a family forest estate both located in Hyvinkää, approx. 50 km from Helsinki.

Knehtilä has been rewarded as the Most Environmentally Friendly Farm in Finland in 2015. Farmers in Knehtilä have emphasized in active protection of nature and water-ecosystems since 1990's. At the family forest estate we are introduced how forest biodiversity and protection of forest ecosystems is taken into consideration in Finnish daily forest practices.

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Published 2015-05-20 at 9:56, updated 2017-03-02 at 15:59