Prue Addison undertook her NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship from January 2016 until March 2019. The following posts represent the many activities and milestones during Prue's fellowship.
March 2019 - Prue's final Knowledge Exchange Seminar at the University of Oxford
This week I delivered my final seminar at the University of Oxford, reflecting on my 3 year Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, and working with businesses to improve corporate biodiversity accountability.
I share my professional mission to help increase the use of science and evidence in real world decision making, particularly to help address environmental and sustainability challenges. I also explain why I took on a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship to help connect up the world of conservation science with businesses work on biodiversity.
I introduce some research I led to understand the current state of corporate biodiversity accountability, and the work my colleagues and I undertook from 2016 - 2019 to help advance corporate biodiversity accountability. I discuss the art of working across the science-policy-practice interface, using examples of three partnerships that I collaborated on through my Knowledge Exchange Fellowship:
- Developing corporate biodiversity commitments with BP,
- Improving business action on biodiversity with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and
- Supporting businesses in the development of biodiversity indicators with the IUCN.
I end my seminar by reflecting on five key factors for successful Knowledge Exchange that I have found critical through my fellowship:
- Build and maintain networks
- Develop collaborative partnerships
- Master the social dynamics of working across the science-policy-practice interface
- Seek institutional support
- Evaluate and learn
You can view my seminar in the YouTube video above, and view presentation slides in SlideShare here, and the YouTube video here:
All of the papers, reports, and webinars mentioned in my presentation can be found here.
I have many many people to thank who I have met and collaborated with during my fellowship. All of you know who you are and I'm very thankful for having the opportunity to work with you!
This is the final post from my KE Fellowship, which is ending at the end of March 2019. In April I will become the new Conservation Strategy Director of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), where I will lead a team in the delivery of a range of exciting and innovative conservation programmes for wildlife in our local British landscapes!
February 2019 - Research Impact Award for Prue's Knowledge Exchange Fellowship
Prue’s work to translate research on biodiversity measurement and management, and support more responsible business practice, won her recognition and an MPLS Social Impact Award. Speaking about her awards Prue said:
"It’s great to have the University recognise the work I've been doing through my NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship to translate research on biodiversity measurement and management, to support more responsible business practice.
My success in achieving research impact would not have been possible without my research collaborators at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), in particular Professor EJ Milner-Gulland (University of Oxford) and Dr Joe Bull (University of Kent). I also have received invaluable advice along the way from Dr Murray Gardner (University of Oxford) about developing enduring and impactful industrial research partnerships. And of course none of this would be possible without my wonderful collaborators in business, NGOs and governments that have worked with me to co-design projects that have helped translate academic research into real world impact.
The two projects recognised in my MPLS social impact award included my work with BP and the IUCN Business & Biodiversity Programme, to address current challenges faced by businesses such as: 1) developing science-based biodiversity goals, 2) identifying and developing biodiversity indicators, and 3) applying the mitigation hierarchy to manage biodiversity impacts.
My work with BP supported the development of new management guidelines to achieve ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity, which will be applied to all new major projects in the future. My work with the IUCN resulted in publishing cross-sector guidance to support the development and use biodiversity indicators for different business applications. This is influencing improved practice by the practitioners who work with business (in civil society groups and consultancies), e.g., guidance is currently being integrated into two other international initiatives leading the development of biodiversity indicators for the extractives and finance sector. It is also supporting improved in-house development of biodiversity accounting and reporting systems by a number of multinational business."
February 2019 - "Towards Policy-Relevant Ecology" keynote presentation at the Norwegian Ecological Society conference
Prue was invited as a keynote speaker to the NØF 2019 conference "Towards Policy-Relevant Ecology" in Tromsø, Norway. During this presentation she shared her career journey, starting off as a marine ecologist and moving much more towards the applied side of science, to give her research the best chance at generating real world impact. In her keynote, Prue reflect on her experience of working across the science-policy-practice interface, and shared what she believes are five critical factors for achieving research impact, which include:
Prue shared her experience of undertaking Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact work, particularly to help early career researchers wanting to enter into this emerging field of applied research across the science-policy-practice interface. You can read about this in an interview by Sam Perrin & Tanya Petersen. You can find Prue’s presentation slides here: https://lnkd.in/gzuUN5H
January 2019 - Environmental Science & Policy paper on maximising the benefits of participatory research
Prue contributed to research led by Chris Cvitanovic, on maximising the benefits of participatory research. Participatory research approaches are increasingly advocated as an effective means to produce usable science, that helps increase the likelihood that science will be beneficially incorporated into decision-making processes. This paper is focused on what risks climate adaptation scientists, their institutions, and external collaborators face when undertaking collaborative and participatory research. However, the lessons are broadly applicable to scientists and practitioners interested in achieving research impact across disciplines. We identify a range of strategies that can help promote the development of more robust and enduring participatory research (see figure below).
A crucial underpinning factor is to have appropriate institutional support - both in the form of provision of training for researchers wanting to undertake participatory research, and the provision of adequate financial, administrative and legal support of scientists undertaking participatory research. Finally most critically, universities need to begin to account for the full suite of responsibilities researchers have within impact related research, so as to support and underpin promotions and career progression. This will help retain this new type of academic that have developed the skills, expertise, and networks to help achieve research impact. This is a work in progress, and my co-authors and I hope to see institutional support transform over the coming years as the pursuit for research impact increases globally.
Please see the full paper here.
December 2018 - Report and webinar available on the development and use of biodiversity indicators in business
Following a successful collaborative effort between the IUCN and the University of Oxford, we are pleased to announce that our paper on the development and use of biodiversity indicators is now available online. This paper was presented at the 'Business & biodiversity: roadmaps to positive impact’ conference in Paris. Nadine McCormick and Prue Addison also delivered a webinar to summarise the outcomes of this partnership and the report to an audience of 46 representatives from business, academia and civil society groups. The webinar can be viewed here.
This work introduces the spectrum of business applications for biodiversity indicators and critical elements to help differentiate and select fit-for-purpose indicators for business, as outlined in the infographic below:
November 2018 - Natural Capital Week , Paris
Prue attended the Natural Capital week in Paris, which was a week full of great discussions around business and biodiversity, networking, and Parisian food and wine! Prue attended the final BBOP conference, Natural Capital Coalition collaboration day, and the Business & Biodiversity | Roadmaps to Positive Impact conference. During the final day (the EUB@B conference), Prue presented the outcomes of her research with the IUCN Business and Biodiversity programme on 'The development and use of biodiversity indicators in business'. This research was well received by an audience of representatives from business, NGO, government and academia with an interest in biodiversity indicators / metrics. Prue's presentation will be available on the EUB@B website soon, and in the meantime a longer (25min) version of the presentation is available in webinar format here.
November 2018 - Report now available: Mainstreaming International Biodiversity Goals for the Private Sector
Following a successful collaborative effort from the Valuing Nature Programme, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and the University of Oxford, we are pleased to announce that the following report is now available on Mainstreaming International Biodiversity Goals for the Private Sector.
This report is hot off the press, and just in time for the Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties main conference and business side events in Egypt this month.
This work is aimed at a private sector audience, and demonstrates how international biodiversity goals are relevant to businesses. We have reframed the original goals as ‘corporate biodiversity goals’ and coupled these to tangible actions businesses can take to conserve and enhance biodiversity within their sphere of operation. The main report outlines fourteen case studies to demonstrate how business actions on biodiversity can transfer between sectors and geographic locations. This is available now on the JNCC website.
October 2018 - Keynote address at the launch of Synchronicity Earth's Fabric of Life series, London, U.K.
Prue was an invited speaker at the launch of Synchronicity Earth's Fabric of Life series in London on the 17th of October. Prue presented an overview of the science behind biodiversity loss and the fashion industry. This was a wonderful event, attended by over 100 people who work in the fashion industry and are passionate about improving the sustainability and environmental accountability of the fashion industry. This event series continues until March 2019, see the full list of events here.
October 2018 - Conservation Biology paper "Using conservation science to advance corporate biodiversity accountability" is now available
Recently Joe Bull, E.J., Milner-Gulland and I published a paper on corporate biodiversity accountability, and how approaches from conservation science could help businesses integrate biodiversity into their decision-making. This paper is now open access and available to everyone. We have also prepared a short briefing note and blog that describes the key findings from our research.
In the meantime here is a snapshot of the 2016 Fortune 100 companies, and how the treat biodiversity in their sustainability reports:
September 2018 - IUCN and University of Oxford workshop "Bridging the gap between science and business practice for biodiversity indicator development"
The IUCN and University of Oxford hosted a workshop on the 7th of September 2018 in Oxford to convene a small group of conservation and environmental scientists to help communicate the science behind indicator development to the private sector. This workshop was part of the first phase of designed to provide guidance for businesses on how to identify or develop robust and relevant biodiversity indicators for different business applications.
This workshop brought together 12 scientists to discuss the wealth of academic research and practice that has been undertaken over many decades, and translate the science, tools and tips in order to support businesses in their development and use of biodiversity indicators. The aim of this workshop was to develop a proof of concept: that the wealth of academic research and practice on biodiversity indicator development is directly relevant to businesses who are seeking to identify or develop biodiversity indicators. The report from this workshop is available here.
August 2018 - Guest lecture at the CSIRO and University of Tasmania, Australia
Prue was delivered a guest lecture on her recently published research "Advancing corporate biodiversity accountability - insights from conservation science". This was a great opportunity to re-connect with the Australian marine science community and discuss implications of this research for ocean-based industries, like seafood, shipping and extractives.
August 2018 - "When Science Changes Society: When and How Research has Impact", Australian National University
Prue was an invited panel member for the public seminar on knowledge exchange and impact "When Science Changes Society: When and How Research has Impact". The panel discussed:
- Professor Mark Reed (University of Newcastle, UK: Turning ideas from research into real-world impacts
- Dr Prue Addison (University of Oxford, UK): Academic - Business partnerships to tackle environmental challenges
- Dr Carina Wyborn (Luc Hoffmann Institute, USA): Co-producing conservation outcomes? Does the reality live up to the rhetoric?
- Professor Mark Howden (ANU Climate Change Institute, Australia): The ethics of working at the science-policy interface: lessons from climate change
- Dr Anthony Boxshall (Science Into Action, Australia): Science in Government: what to look for under the bonnet
A video will be available from this public seminar soon...
July 2018 - Conservation Biology paper "Using conservation science to advance corporate biodiversity accountability"
Prue, Joe Bull and EJ Milner-Gulland are excited to share their paper on corporate biodiversity accountability published in Conservation Biology this month. In this paper we assess the current state of corporate biodiversity accountability & how conservation science can help. You can find the open access paper here.
July 2018 - Workshop on "Building biodiversity into corporate natural capital accounting and reporting"
The University of Oxford, with the support of the ICAEW’s Charitable Trusts and the Natural Capital Coalition, hosted a workshop on the 16th and 17th July to explore whether and how biodiversity can be integrated more comprehensively into corporate-level accounting and reporting. This workshop was facilitated by Professor Richrd Barker and I, and brought together 17 participants with technical expertise across a variety of disciplines including accounting, sustainability, auditing, environmental economics, and conservation science. This topic is a complex one, which requires an in-depth understanding of the market forces that drive corporate accounting and reporting, the current status of non-financial accounting and reporting systems, an understanding of natural capital approaches to help value the living environment, and an understanding of biodiversity measurement and management. Participants engaged in enthusiastic and lively discussions around why accounting and reporting approaches are well defined in some areas (e.g. for finance and carbon), whilst other critical aspects of the natural environment, such as biodiversity, corporate accounting and reporting approaches are yet to be fully developed. We are currently preparing the outputs from this workshop. Stay tuned for outputs here.
July 2018 - Science-based targets workshop, Washington DC
Prue was an invited expert to the first working meeting of the science-based targets network. This workshop was hosted by the World Resources Institute as part of the Global Commons Initiative. This network is envisioned to be a network of initiatives that will develop specific science-based targets for companies across all relevant planetary boundaries, and a range of environmental issues - water, land systems, biodiversity, and the ocean. Sixty-eight representatives joined the two-day workshop to lay the foundations of the SBT Network. Stay tuned for more work on this topic soon!
June 2018 - International Marine Conservation Congress, Malaysia
Prue attended IMCC5, and presented in the symposium "From science to evidence - innovative uses of biodiversity indicators for effective marine policy and conservation". Prue presented her research on decision triggers and biodiversity indicators for conservation management. This was a great session, with lots of very applied and relevant research presented around the topic of developing and using fit-for-purpose indicators for marine policy and management. The presenters of this symposium are now preparing a peer-review paper to share the outcomes of the symposium.
June 2018 - Science Letter "Conservation accord: Corporate Incentives"
On 15 June, Science published a letter by Prue Addison and Joe Bull, which was a response to the Perspective “How to pay for saving biodiversity” by Barbier and colleagues in the May issue of Science. In their letter, they explain why it's time to re-frame this argument to resonate with corporate motivations, focusing on risk to business operations. You can read our letter here.
June 2018 - Building the capacity of EU early career marine researchers to operate effectively at the science-policy-society interface
The Network of Early Career Scientists of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project, together with the EU project EKLIPSE and the MarCons COST Action, held a workshop to equip EU-based early career marine scientists and final stage PhD students with the practical knowledge, skills and tools that are needed to operate more effectively at the science-policy-society interface. Prue was a lecturer at this workshop, along with Chris Cvitanovic, Peter Mackelworth, Marie Löf, and Albert Norström. This workshop was attended by 28 enthusiastic ECRs, where we covered an incredibly full program of talks and practical sessions helping equip participants with tools and skills to help bridge the science-policy interface. You can read a blog about the workshop here. Check out the chat on twitter about this workshop using
June 2018 - Coalition on Private Investment in Conservation workshop
Prue was an invited expert at the CPIC workshop on conservation finance. This workshop brought together participants from academia, NGOs and business to discuss topics including metrics and valuation of non-financial returns, and later that day we expect to hold a public event. This was an exiting meeting, where we discussed a lot of upcoming work that will be undertaken by CPIC, including potential work on metrics to assess environmental and biodiversity performance. Stay tuned on their progress here.
May 2018 - A busy month for conferences!
Prue attended 3 conferences in May, where she shared her recent work on corporate biodiversity accountability, discussed the latest corporate initiatives to account for business impacts and dependencies on the environment, and contributed to debates around the future of conservation in the UK. Here are the conferences Prue attended:
The CEED twitter conference was started by a group of Australian conservation scientists, this conference was the first of it's kind, bringing together almost 50 scientists from around the world to present their latest research. A summary of the entire twitter conference can be found here, and a summary of Prue's presentation on corporate biodiversity accountability can be found here.
Next up was the Net Impact Approaches conference in London. With around 100 delegates and 24 expert speakers, the event had a real buzz and generated plenty of energetic discussion. Topics covered included natural capital Assessment, corporate climate, water and biodiversity commitments and metrics, and why net impact approaches are gaining traction in the corporate world. You can read a summary of the workshop here.
Finally, Prue attended the British Ecological Society & UK Conservation Agencies Symposium: Securing Our Natural Environment for Future Generations. This conference brought together policy officials, practitioners, natural and social scientists from across the UK and internationally to set the direction for nature conservation in the UK. Prue presented her recent work on corporate biodiversity accountability, and Tom Smith presented his work on reframing the international biodiversity targets to be relevant to the private sector.
April 2018 - New Paper: A Global Mitigation Hierarchy for Nature Conservation
Prue is a co-author on a paper released this month, which calls for a global mitigation hierarchy for nature conservation. In the paper, we discuss the potential utility of applying the mitigation hierarchy, widely used during economic development activities, to all negative human impacts on biodiversity as part of wider framework for planning for, and mainstreaming, biodiversity conservation. It's a bold vision, but we believe that evaluating all biodiversity losses and gains through the mitigation hierarchy could help prioritize consideration of conservation goals (from global, such as bold calls around Nature Needs Half and Half Earth, to local efforts such as site based fisheries assessments). At the same time it could drive the empirical evaluation of conservation investments through the explicit consideration of counterfactual trends and ecosystem dynamics across scales. You can find the open access paper here.
April 2018 - Showcasing Zoology Knowledge Exchange
Prue was joined by four other NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellows from the Zoology Department, to give a lunchtime seminar on all of the great KE work that our group have been up to. Prue spoke about her work as a conservation scientist, bridging the gap between science and business to help address business challenges around measuring and evaluating biodiversity for corporate biodiversity performance assessment.
March 2018 - UNEP WCMC Biodiversity Indicators for Extractive Companies Workshop
Prue was an invited expert at the UN WCMC biodiversity indicators for extractive companies workshop in London. This workshop included biodiversity indicator experts, conservation practitioners, consultants and business representatives from the IPIECA and the Proteus Group. The focus of the workshop was to discuss the draft methodology being developed by the UNEP WCMC for aggregating biodiversity impact and performance data to provide an indicator of biodiversity performance at corporate level. The next step that needs to be taken will need to be a bold step from businesses: to invest in a sector-level project to develop and test biodiversity indicators that can address the increasing need for corporate biodiversity performance.
March 2018 - Boundary spanning at the science–policy interface: the practitioners' perspectives
What does it mean to work in the science-policy interface? Prue teamed up with boundary spanners from across the world to share perspectives of individual, program & organizational boundary spanning, and describe how this is becoming a distinct & emerging practice. Check out the open access paper here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-018-0550-9
March 2018 - Clarifying the spectrum of biodiversity indicator applications for business. A new collaboration with the IUCN
Prue has teamed up with the Nadine McCormick and Giulia Carbone from the IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme to help clarify the variety of applications where biodiversity indicators are currently used by businesses, and may be adopted in the future. Biodiversity indicators will not be developed in this project. Rather, this project seeks to define the spectrum of applications where businesses use biodiversity indicators. This will be used as the foundation for a recommended process to guide companies and conservation organisations in the development of the fit-for purpose biodiversity indicators. You can read more about the project on the IUCN website here & our blog about our project here.
March 2018 - Biodiversity and Business Linkages conference, University of Exeter & Zoological Society of London
Prue was an invited speaker at the Biodiversity and Business Linkages conference, along with an impressive line up of the world's leading experts from academia and industry to discuss the latest developments business & biodiversity, and natural capital thinking. This conference was organised by Dr Nibu Mukherjee, from the University of Exeter. It was a fantastic day getting together people who represent business, civil society & academia to discuss the science, policy and practice of integrating biodiversity into business decision-making. Prue's presentation on the relevance of conservation science to businesses thinking about biodiversity, is now available here:
February 2018 - Analysis under Uncertainty for Decision Makers Network, London
Prue was an invited expert at the Analysis Under Uncertainty for Decision-makers Network workshop, which brought together specialists from academia, industry and government. The network’s aim is to develop a better understanding of how decisions are made across a wide variety of sectors and domains and improve the way they are made. The event What do Decision Makers want from the Analytical Community? was held at the Royal Geographical Society in late February. You can read about this workshop on this blog by Neason O'Neil.
January 2018 - Mainstreaming biodiversity in the private sector webinar
Prue joined Tom Smith (Valuing Nature Programme Secondee) and Matt Smith (Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Natural Capital Manager, JNCC) in the first webinar of the JNCC Natural Capital Seminar series. This webinar covered:
- Matt Smith: JNCC's business and biodiversity work to date, and an outline of the future trajectory of work in this area.
- Tom Smith: The Valuing Nature work on mainstreaming biodiversity in business, and maximising the relevance of international biodiversity goals.
- Prue Addison: How Knowledge Exchange is helping delivering conservation science solution to address business and biodiversity challenges.
The webinar is now available to watch online.
January 2018 - Mainstreaming biodiversity in the private sector: call for business case studies
Engaging the private sector regarding biodiversity remains challenging, with businesses unsure about what actions they can and should take in managing impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystems. The University of Oxford and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, with the support of the Valuing Nature Programme, are undertaking a project to address this issue.
We see the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as a potential catalyst to drive private sector action on biodiversity. We will be producing a series of easy to access briefing notes to support the private sector in contributing to international strategic goals to conserve biodiversity and demonstrate alignment between these and the SDGs.
We are calling on experts to highlight case studies demonstrating how business of all sizes are taking action regarding biodiversity. Further information on how to engage with the project, including an outline of our objectives, is available here.
Please forward this to interested parties within your networks, especially those able to contribute material that could be included in our final outputs. For further details please contact Tom.Smith@jncc.gov.uk.
Many thanks in advance,
Tom Smith (Valuing Nature Programme Secondee)
Prue Addison, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, ICCS, University of Oxford
Matt Smith, Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Natural Capital Manager, JNCC
December 2017 - Setting priorities for biodiversity action at the University of Oxford
In 2016 the Oxford University Estates Services developed a Biodiversity Strategy 2016-2020, which outlines how it will ensure the ‘biodiversity within the functional estate is both protected and enhanced’. This workshop brought together 23 biodiversity experts, parks and college managers, and estate managers to discuss the Oxford University community’s biodiversity priorities. The purpose of this workshop was to determine an agreed upon list of biodiversity priorities for action across the Oxford University Estate. You can read about the strategy here, and stay tuned for next steps!
December 2017 - The Oxford Knowledge Exchange Practitioners workshop
The Oxford Knowledge Exchange Practitioners network met for a second workshop in 2017, which was co-facilitated by Alice Purkiss (Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, University of Oxford & The National Trust) and I. This workshop brought together 24 Knowledge Exchange (KE) practitioners from across the University of Oxford to network, share learnings, and discuss methods of evaluation of knowledge exchange used across disciplines at Oxford. We have compiled a workshop report with lots of great advice from our practitioners about KE evaluation. Please email me if you'd like to join our network or see a copy of the workshop report.
November 2017 - The JNCC and the University of Oxford commence a new project on mainstreaming biodiversity in the private sector
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the University of Oxford are pleased to announce a new collaborative project that has commenced in November. This project sits at the intersection between science, policy and business, and involves a comprehensive analysis of the international biodiversity and relevant sustainable development targets to understand and maximize their relevance to the private sector.
Our project team includes: Tom Smith, a Valuing Nature Programme intern and PhD candidate at the University of Leeds; Matt Smith, an Ecosystems and Natural Capital Adviser at the JNCC; and, Dr Prue Addison, a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford. This project involves a detailed analysis of international biodiversity targets (e.g. CBD Aichi Targets and Sustainable Development Goals) to illustrate their relevance to business, which will be supported by case studies that illustrate business action on biodiversity.
The primary aim of this project is to identify and explore avenues to motivate private sector biodiversity action. This project will inform strategic engagement of UK government, its’ agencies and Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements Secretariats with the private sector, and will directly feed into UK preparations for upcoming meetings such as business and biodiversity discussions at the Convention for Biological Diversity COP14 in 2018. It will also be used to inform the UK government’s mainstreaming biodiversity agenda, encouraging and enhancing private sector biodiversity action, and work towards the CDB Post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy.
October 2017 - Ideas to Impact program at the Saïd Business School
Prue joined the Ideas to Impact program over September and October 2017 at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. This program was an enterprise skills initiative offered to four postdoctoral researchers from the University of Oxford, who were welcomed into the executive MBA elective course ‘Strategy & Innovation’ at the business school. This was an incredible opportunity for researchers to immerse themselves in the business world, and learn about all things strategy and innovation - from the evolution of markets, disruption, ecosystems for innovation, and the architecture of social networks. Prue would like to thank the MPLS Division and the Saïd Business School (especially Professor Marc Vantresca) for offering this incredible opportunity.
October 2017 - EU Business and Biodiversity conference
Prue attended the EU B@B Platform annual conference in on 4-5 October in Frankfurt, which brought together 150 international company representatives and experts from more than 20 countries to discuss aspects of implementing natural capital and biodiversity in their day-to-day business activities. You can read a summary of the workshop here.
Prue helped co-facilitate the session on setting a corporate biodiversity ambition level. Hopefully you'll see a report summarising this session here soon. Prue also moderated a great final panel discussion on 'What can public and private players do to create the enabling conditions for fostering a system change? '.
It was a great 2 days to connect with the EU Business and Biodiversity world, to talk about what biodiversity means to business and discuss some of the challenges around setting an ambition level for biodiversity and fully integrating biodiversity considerations into business decision-making. Prue shared insights from conservation science that can help businesses begin to think critically about their ambition for minimizing impacts on biodiversity and contribute to global efforts to conserve biodiversity. There are many tools from conservation science toolbox, that can help address the challenges that businesses are grappling with relating to measuring, evaluating and acting on biodiversity performance, such as:
To find out more about the conservation science toolbox that can help address the challenges that businesses are grappling with relating to measuring, evaluating and acting on biodiversity performance, read our latest KE@ICCS Brief Science note.
September 2017 - New Accounting for the Management of Ecosystems workshop, Cambridge
Prue was invited as an expert to speak at the workshop on New Accounting for the Management of Ecosystems at the University of Cambridge. Prue presented her research on marine monitoring, evaluating and reporting, and conservation decision-making, to illustrate how conservation science tools can help businesses wanting to account for their biodiversity performance. This workshop will brought together conservation scientists and social and environmental accounting researchers, to explore ways to collaborate on innovative ecosystem accounting approaches.
August 2017 - Valuing Nature Placement Opportunity: Analysis of international biodiversity targets to understand and maximize their relevance to the private sector
ICCS have teamed up with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee to offer a Valuing Nature Placement opportunity. This placement offers an opportunity to work at the intersection between science, policy and business – undertaking a systematic analysis of international biodiversity and relevant sustainable development targets to understand and maximize their relevance to the private sector. We are seeking a motivated candidate to undertake a systematic analysis of international biodiversity targets (e.g. CBD Aichi Targets and Sustainable Development Goals) to illustrate their relevance to business, support findings with case studies, and analyse information to identify avenues to motivate private sector action on biodiversity.
We have now selected a candidate, thanks to all of those who have applied!
July 2017 - Business & Biodiversity session at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Colombia
Prue Addison and Joe Bull hosted a special symposium at ICCB on "Developing the scientific basis that enables businesses to support biodiversity conservation".
The fundamental goal of conservation science is to provide the technical understanding and tools that enable humanity to conserve biodiversity. End-users of conservation science include international policymakers, governments, and NGOs. More recently, an important end-user of conservation science has emerged – businesses, an increasing number of which seek to take an active role in biodiversity conservation.
Businesses face serious barriers that prevent them from supporting biodiversity conservation. These barriers are scientific, as much as social and economic, including: establishing metrics for objectively evaluating and reporting on biodiversity performance; methods for comparing performance across multiple scales; and, managing biodiversity in the face of uncertainty. In fact, efforts to conserve biodiversity as part of business operations expose gaps in the scientific basis underlying conservation science more generally.
This symposium included five presentations from practitioners and academics working in the area of ‘business and biodiversity’:
Prue Addison, University of Oxford “Engaging with business to revolutionize biodiversity conservation”
Fabien Quétier, Biotope “Developing robust biodiversity indicators for private sector conservation and natural capital accounting”
Eugenie Regan, The Biodiversity Consultancy “What biodiversity data does business need?”
Joe W. Bull, University of Copenhagen “A quantitative worldwide assessment of biodiversity offsetting”
Martine Maron, University of Queensland “Resolving controversies in compensatory conservation”
During the symposium we discussed ‘business and biodiversity’ though the lens of topics including ‘no net loss’ conservation mechanisms (e.g. biodiversity offsetting), natural capital accounting, and factoring industry into landscape conservation planning. We showcased recent developments in the ‘business and biodiversity’ research field, and identified critical research gaps needed to be addressed in order to advance the field. Our symposium finished with a lively Q&A session with audience members about was to engage businesses more meaningfully in applied conservation.
July 2017 - Prue's knowledge exchange work featured in the NERC Planet Earth magazine
The Natural Environment Research Council Planet Earth magazine has just been released, and it's all about biodiversity! This magazine is full of interesting articles about what biodiversity is, and illustrates some current NERC research on biodiversity. It also features some NERC Knowledge Exchange fellowship work, which is helping connect biodiversity research to address businesses challenges. Check out the full magazine here or the article on Making Clean Growth Happen, which features my work to help multi-national businesses understand and minimise their impacts on biodiversity.
June 2017 - UN World Conservation Monitoring Centre Biodiversity Indicators Workshop
Prue was an invited expert who attended the UN WCMC biodiversity indicators workshop in June. This workshop included biodiversity indicator experts, conservation scientists, consultants and business representatives from the Proteus Partners. The focus of the workshop was to discuss the needs of businesses in the extractive sector to develop biodiversity indicators in order to address the information needs of investors, regulatory bodies and civil society. It was clear from the workshop that there is great interest from the private sector to use a consistent approach to develop meaningful and scalable biodiversity metrics that can help address not only site-level assessment of biodiversity performance, but also biodiversity performance at corporate level. The next step that need to be taken will need to be a bold step from businesses: to invest in a sector-level project to develop and test biodiversity indicators that can address the increasing need for corporate biodiversity performance.
June 2017 - Creating a community of Knowledge Exchange practice at the University of Oxford
On 29 June, Alice Purkiss (Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, University of Oxford & The National Trust) and Prue hosted a workshop that was the first of its kind in Oxford. We brought together Knowledge Exchange practitioners from different departments across the University of Oxford – that is those actively running projects that focus on the transfer of research beyond academic boundaries to benefit society, policy and practice. During the workshop participants had an opportunity to network, share learnings, and define what effective practice of knowledge exchange looks like across disciplines at the University of Oxford. This workshop marks the start of a KE practitioners network at the University of Oxford.
June 2017 - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Biodiversity Metric Workshop
Prue was invited as an expert to attend the CISL and Kering biodiversity metric workshop held in June. This workshop included biodiversity indicator experts, conservation scientists and business representatives interested in the development of the CISL and Kering biodiversity metric. You can read about the metric development and workshop here.
May 2017 - Society Is Ready for a New Kind of Science—Is Academia?
Prue is the co-author of a paper in BioScience led by Bonnie Keeler and a fantastic group of scientists who are passionate about breaking the traditional model of academic research. In this paper, five key areas are outlined which are needed to ensure that science will truly serve society and the planet:
- Produce not only professors but also future environmental leaders
- Cultivate a culture that values use-inspired research
- Move ideas into action faster
- Put people at the center of environmental science
- Reimagine academic structures to encourage innovation
You can read our open access BioScience paper here.
May 2017 - Conservation decision support tools workshop, Cambridge
Conservation scientists and modellers convened in Cambridge in May to discuss the development and use of decision support tools in conservation, and ways to improve user-centred design. This workshop was led by David Rose and Rebecca Robertson. Prue was an invited panelist and spoke about her role as a Knowledge Exchange fellow in translating scientific evidence to ensure it is fit for purpose and ready for use by businesses. For more information and outputs from the workshop, check out our paper.
May 2017 - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Biodiversity Impact Metric Workshop
Prue was invited as an expert to attend the CISL and Kering biodiversity metric workshop held in May. This workshop included biodiversity indicator experts and conservation scientists, who provided advice about the metric developed to date. You can read about the metric development process here.
April 2017 - The future of corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure at the Conservation Optimism Summit, London
In April 2017 the Conservation Optimism summit played host to a very special session in London, which brought together representatives from business, NGOs and universities to discuss the emerging field of business & biodiversity. Our session focused on biodiversity accounting (e.g., the development of biodiversity metrics for business) and disclosure (e.g., communicating biodiversity performance in corporate social responsibility reports).
This session brought together 12 amazing panel members to share the latest research and best practice examples of business’ involvement in biodiversity conservation. Please watch and share our three-part video series on the outcomes of the Business & Biodiversity session:
Part 1: Summary of the panel discussion on corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure
Part 2: Highlights from the corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure Q&A session
Part 3: Five panel members’ take-home messages from the session. Featuring: Mark Gough, (Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition), Giulia Carbone (Deputy Director, IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme), Martina di Fonzo (Postdoctoral researcher, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute), Pippa Howard (Director of Business & Biodiversity, Fauna & Flora International) and Keith Tuffley (CEO of The B Team).
I would like to thank the Natural Environment Research Council for sponsoring the corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure session and the Conservation Optimism summit. I would also like to thank all of our 12 panel members for participating in a really optimistic discussion around the future for corporate biodiversity accounting and disclosure.
Martina di Fonzo, Postdoctoral researcher, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute
Clément Feger, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, and the Luc Hoffmann Institute
April 2017 - Decision triggers for evidence-based conservation management webinar
Prue presented a webinar for members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management on her recent Journal of Applied Ecology paper "Conservation practitioners’ perspectives on decision triggers for evidence-based management". You can read a blog about the paper here, view the original paper here, and see the webinar in the YouTube link below:
December 2016 - CBD COP13
Prue attended the Business and Biodiversity forum at the Convention for Biological Diversity COP13 in Mexico in December. Prue also presesnted a draft report on “International biodiversity targets and their relevance to business". This report was presented to the CBD Global Partnership meeting for comment and to investigate the potential for future expansion of this work with the global partners. Please email Prue if you'd like to find out more about this research.
November 2016 - A Collaborative Platform for Making Change: Scaling up actions for biodiversity conservation workshop, London
Prue teamed up with BP, FFI and the UNE-WCMC to facilitate the Making Change workshop in London. This workshop was attended by representatives from 20 business and industry associations, 10 NGOs and intergovernmental organisation, and 3 research organisations. The final workshop report is now available here.
September 2016 - World Conservation Congress, Hawaii
Prue attended the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, where she will be delivering an invited presentation "Managing for successful engagements: an academic perspective” in the session "Multi-stakeholder dialogue on corporate biodiversity measurement and reporting”. This presentation will contribute to the Business and Biodiversity journey at the WCC. See our Brief Science note on what is needed to take business commitments to nature conservation beyond the crossroads.
August 2016 - Early career research & conservation impact blog
Prue blogged about lessons from the field of knoweldge exchange and how these can be used by early career researchers to achieve conservation impact.
August 2016 - A Collaborative Platform for Making Change: Scaling up actions for biodiversity conservation webinar
In preparation for the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, the Making Change team (BP, FFI, UNE-WCMC and the University of Oxford) hosted a webinar to outline and disucss key IUCN motions relevant to businesses. This webinar was follwed up with a workshop in November 2016 - see above!
July 2016 - Society for Conservation Biology Oceania conference, Australia
Prue presented on "Lessons from businesses working to achieve corporate level NNL of biodiversity" in a special symposium on No Net Loss of Marine Biodiversity.
June 2016 - Is no net loss of #marine #biodiversity feasible blog
Prue blogged about how we can take lessons from terrestrial no net loss (NNL) projects and translate these to the marine environment.
May 2016 - Introducing KE@ICCS
Knoweldge Exchange at ICCS is launched - see our Brief Science note on the work we are doing with businesses to incorporate conservation research into business decision-making!