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Mission Économie de la Biodiversité (MEB) is an initiative of Caisse des Dépôts – France’s leading long-term investor serving local and regional economic development –, spearheaded and run by CDC Biodiversité. It is tasked with researching and devising innovative solutions that strike a balance between economic development and the preservation of biodiversity. MEB has a world class Scientific Committee and its research focuses on areas such as urban biodiversity, financing solutions for green and blue corridors, the scientific principles involved in setting up offsetting arrangements, or innovative mechanisms for funding biodiversity preservation. Its goal is to develop solutions for the future, rooted in a long-term, sustainable development perspective that takes account of the limits on natural resources. All of this research is carried out in the service of the public interest and MEB seeks to share and circulate its findings through its various publications.


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Business and biodiversity: risks and opportunities

BIODIV’2050 No.7 – July 2015

Business currently generates 60% of the world’s GDP and accounts for a large part of the pressure being placed on ecosystems. Changes in mutually reinforcing production and consumption patterns are an opportunity to rethink the manner in which private stakeholders can participate in preserving and funding biodiversity by looking out for their own interests and catering to this new social demand. Reversing the depletion of biodiversity currently being observed will need a fresh perspective on the relations of the business world with nature. This will require a sector-by-sector analysis of both the benefits to business of pro-biodiversity initiatives and concrete solutions for action.




Miniature BIODIV2050n6Resource mobilization for biodiversity and the private sector’s contribution

BIODIV’2050 No.6 – April 2015 – Special issue

Following the Twelfth World Summit on Biodiversity, or COP12, which was held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, last October, the Mission Economie de la Biodiversité of the Caisse des Dépôts’s groupe prepared a special issue of BIODIV’2050. The focus is on the stakes, challenges, terms and conditions of private sector contributions to resource mobilization for biodiversity conservation within the framework of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.




Miniature BIODIV'2050n5Biodiversity and the urban economy

BIODIV’2050 No.5 – December 2014

Edition No. 5 addresses the issue of biodiversity and the urban economy by presenting experiments, studies and projects undertaken throughout the world. It highlights a general trend that takes on many different forms but tends to invent a new ecosystem, re-natured city or urbanised nature where two-thirds of all humans will reside in the future. However, the process of constructing this ecosystem must also address its contribution to the urban economy and value creation.





miniature cahier n2From South to North: a comparative analysis of Payments for Environmental Services

Summary of discussions at the PESMIX international workshop

BIODIV’2050 Outlook No.2 – December 2014

Payments for Environmental Services (PES) are increasingly used as incentives for the conservation of natural resources in environmental and development policies. To build up the premises for a multidisciplinary view of PES, an international workshop was organised by Cirad and the Mission Économie de la Biodiversité of the Caisse des dépôts as part of the PESMIX research project on 11, 12 and 13 June 2014 in Montpellier. Over 100 participants (economists, lawyers, ecologists, political scientists, philosophers, policy makers, business companies and NGOs) from both the North and the South attended the workshop where the focus was on the present conceptual thought on PES, feedback on experiences with PES, and prospects for future development. This document is a summary of the information, questions and research issues considered at the meeting.


miniature Biodiv2050n4BIODIV’2050 No.4

September 2014

Edition No. 4 of BIODIV’2050 seeks to present a cross-disciplinary overview of the biodiversity of plants cultivated in France and to put the views of the various different stakeholders into perspective. We met and interviewed a selection of key stakeholders in the sector. Their views are presented in a series of inserts throughout this edition which continues to espouse Mission Economie de la Biodiversité’s credo of researching and testing innovative solutions that strike a balance between economic development and the preservation of biodiversity – this time in the agricultural production arena.




Miniature Biodiv2050n3BIODIV’2050 No. 3 

May 2014

Both the international community and the European Union have committed to slowing down biodiversity erosion by 2020 via the Aichi Targets and European Union strategy, respectively. Biodiversity offsets have been identified as one means of reducing biodiversity loss. We felt that it was high time to examine the current issues relating to biodiversity offsetting and its deployment.





Miniature biodiv2050n2BIODIV’2050 No.2

December 2013

Biodiversity is at the root of all economic activity and factoring it into the calculation of national wealth gives a more accurate measurement of the benefits derived from its conservation, particularly for businesses and a number of key economic players. How to encourage businesses to commit to preserving biodiversity? This key issue is at the heart of this BIODIV’2050:
Interviews: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Gerard Bos head of the IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme.




miniature Biodiv2050n1BIODIV’2050 No.1

May 2013

This first BIODIV’2050 deals with Innovative Financial Mechanisms such as Payment for Ecosystem Services, Inventing new financing solutions for re-establishing ecological networks or environmental accounting.