Integrating biodiversity and the value of ecosystem services into other sectors - Conference background paper

This paper was prepared by Sebastià Semene Guitart, Senior Coordinator for Europe, for the session on “Mainstreaming biodiversity across sectors” at the 6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference in Georgia, April 2013.

Mainstreaming biodiversity is about integrating environmental concerns into the operations of other sectors, traditionally not related or little sympathetic to these. In a way, mainstreaming biodiversity is about making sure that environmental concerns are shared by all those having an impact on or earning benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services. And the most important lesson of the last ten years is that any conservation will not be possible, on the longer run, without this integration.

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