Biodiversity Knowledge Base

Biodiversity is the foundation of human well-being and prosperity

Biodiversity is the diversity of life on Earth: the diversity between and within species and organisms. It underpins every aspect of life on our planet—but it’s declining at an unprecedented rate. Worldwide biodiversity has declined by almost 70% over the past 50 years. We and our economic and social well-being directly depend on life on Earth. More than half of the world’s economy is dependent on nature’s services. Pollination, fertile soils, industrial resources, clean water, pharmaceuticals – almost everything has its origin in biodiversity.

This means biodiversity loss can significantly disrupt business operations and poses physical, transition and reputational risks. It is a rapidly emerging topic on policy and regulation agendas, for example, it plays an important role in the EU’s Taxonomy Regulation and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). See our Regulations Knowledge Base for more information.

Revitalising Biodiversity: Unveiling Innovative Solutions for Strategic Impact Measurement and Valuation

To reverse biodiversity loss, urgent action is needed. An increasing number of organisations are looking to understand the strategic impact of biodiversity. Impact Institute has developed an innovative methodology and data solution to measure and value impact. Examples of biodiversity impact projects can be found here.


Curious about how to understand and manage your organisation’s impact on biodiversity? Contact us.

We are members of TNFD Forum

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is an international initiative that develops a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks. Our Global Impact Database (GID) helps organisations with metrics and data that can help to identify nature-related risks and opportunities and be used to set impact improvement targets and measure performance against these targets in alignment with TNFD. Our natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services impact data allow to get started when data availability is limited, and provide a framework that can integrate additional location-specific data points if available.

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Our alignment with PBAF

The Partnership for Biodiversity Accounting Framework (PBAF) enables financial institutions to assess and disclose impact and dependencies on biodiversity of loans and investments. With Global Impact Database Biodiversity it is possible to do a biodiversity footprint assessment of investments, with a quantitative model that meets the PBAF requirements. This helps with the screening and assessment of potential biodiversity impacts throughout the stages of the loan and investment process. In addition, the GID land use model can help to carry out screening based on geospatial biodiversity data. GID Biodiversity also translates biodiversity impact in terms of impact on ecosystem services value.

How we can help you

How we help our clients understand and manage their biodiversity footprints

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Importance of biodiversity for financial institutions

Through lending and investing, the financial sector is in a unique position to be a catalyst of positive change by redirecting financial flows from activities with a negative biodiversity impact to ones that help protect and restore biodiversity. We are frontrunners in guiding banks, impact investors and asset managers in understanding their biodiversity footprint through their lending and financing activities and inform strategies to promote sustainable and regenerative value chains.

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Protecting biodiversity through responsible value chains

Actors in global complex value chains, such as in food and agriculture, have a large opportunity to promote a rich biodiversity whilst they are at risk if biodiversity further declines. We support clients in measuring and managing effects on biodiversity of existing and future practices to promote responsible value chains.

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Energy, water and infrastructure transitions with a biodiversity perspective

Energy, water and infrastructure companies play a key role in accelerating the energy, water and resource transitions. These transitions help tackle climate change, but simultaneously pose a threat to biodiversity. Future-proof infrastructure is nature inclusive and circular – both in terms of land use and global value chains with increased demand for raw materials. We support organisations in measuring biodiversity impact and developing strategies for nature inclusive infrastructure in relation to broader economic, environmental, and social impact

Biodiversity for Financial Institutions

“Financial institutions have a crucial role to play in preventing further biodiversity loss and restoring nature. The role of banks, insurers, asset managers and investors is becoming increasingly relevant due to pressures such as strengthening liability regimes, intensifying scrutiny of supply chain practices and shifting consumer preferences.”

– Finance for Biodiversity, Guidance to the Pledge

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