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Identification of biodiversity informatics needs to support biodiversity net gains reporting by corporates in India
Watve, A. (2020). Identification of biodiversity informatics needs to support biodiversity net gains reporting by corporates in India, in: Sharma, R. et al. Corporate biodiversity management for sustainable Growth: Assessment of policies and action plans. Environment & Policy, 59: pp. 19-35. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42703-0_2
In: Sharma, R.; Watve, A.; Pandey, A. (Ed.) (2020). Corporate biodiversity management for sustainable Growth: Assessment of policies and action plans. Environment & Policy, 59. Springer: Clam. ISBN 978-3-030-42702-3. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42703-0, more
In: Environment & Policy. Springer: London; Dordrecht; Boston. ISSN 1383-5130; e-ISSN 2215-0110, more
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    Biodiversity informatics, Net gains, Biodiversity offsets, Corporate reporting

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  • Watve, A.

Abstract
    The relationship between Biodiversity and Business is complex and involves risks as well as opportunities. Various frameworks, policies, tools and indicators for assessing corporate impacts on biodiversity are established. IUCN advocates a “Biodiversity Net Gains” approach for businesses in their operations and at a landscape level that will contribute to the global goals for biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity informatics can help corporates in identifying their impacts, planning interventions and finally reporting Biodiversity Net Gains on a global scale. This study aimed to review Indian biodiversity informatics infrastructure and its usefulness to corporate agencies for reporting Biodiversity Net Gains.

    For this study, components of corporate net gain reporting were listed, and biodiversity information needed for each were identified. Review of databases, platforms and portals providing information on Indian biodiversity was conducted. Most databases address spatial information on species and habitats but the temporal analysis is not possible. Essential data on ecosystem services, stakeholders, management practices and rights is unavailable in a searchable format. This paper suggests changes necessary in present infrastructure to address the gaps and enable corporate reporting on Biodiversity Net Gains fairly and transparently.


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