Agriculture & forestry

Agriculture and forestry are heavily reliant on biodiversity for long-term production. Crops rely on wild insects, birds and mammals for pollination, intact food webs to for pest control, and forests can help generate rainfall vital for crops. Declining species diversity and abundance and failing ecosystems impact on production, resulting in decreased yields or increased costs.

Land use change associated with agriculture is one of the major factors driving biodiversity loss globally and is undermining the very ecosystem services and natural resources required for productive and reliable supply chains. Supporting the agriculture and forestry sectors to transition toward more regenerative and biodiversity-aware practices is vital to securing more resilient agricultural supply chains.

We help companies understand their biodiversity footprint and identify how and where strategic actions can enhance biodiversity values and effect real change across the production base. Whether that is through better investments in nature, the restoration of production landscapes, or avoiding the most damaging activities. Our focus is on designing practical approaches – from biodiversity-friendly production and on-site biodiversity protection, to securing better protection for natural areas and regenerative agriculture.

HCV and IFC PS6: why do the different approaches matter to industry?

PS6 and the HCV approach are both widely-used frameworks for identifying and managing biodiversity risks. Many lenders require alignment with IFC PS6, while certification systems often use the HCV framework.