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  • Writer's pictureFiona Smith

Nature Positive Initiative launched by collective including Capitals Coalition

The Nature Positive Initiative has been launched bringing together the world’s largest nature conservation organisations, institutes, business and finance coalitions, including Capitals Coalition, to drive alignment around the definition and use of the term ‘nature positive’ and support efforts to deliver nature-positive outcomes.


Illustration of turtle in black with 'biodiversity stripes' in green and yellow and company logos

‘Nature positive by 2030’ refers to halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 from a 2020 baseline, through measurable gains in the health, abundance, diversity and resilience of species, ecosystems, and natural processes. The initiative, which will open soon for more partners, represents the second phase of work that commenced in 2019, with the development of nature positive by 2030 as the global goal for nature – equivalent to the 1.5C goal that exists for climate.

The Nature Positive Initiative will provide a platform for convergence to support the Global Goal for Nature, paving the way for the transformation we need in our economic systems to achieve a nature-positive world.” - Mark Gough, CEO, Capitals Coalition

Reversing biodiversity loss has been increasingly recognised as critical to combating the global climate crisis, preventing future pandemics of zoonotic origin, addressing water and food insecurity, supporting sustainable and equitable development, and recognising and addressing the rights and contributions of indigenous peoples.


In December 2022, the goal of halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 was codified in the mission of the landmark Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Its adoption under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity has been described as the ‘Paris moment’ for nature.

At the same time, use of the term ‘nature positive’ has grown without a clear and aligned understanding among business, finance, government and civil society actors about what the phrase represents and does not represent. Ensuring clarity and preserving the integrity of the definition is now a priority to ensure the necessary actions and accountability.

Core work will include preserving the integrity of ‘nature positive’ as a measurable 2030 global goal for nature for businesses, financial institutions, governments at all levels, and other stakeholders. A priority will be supporting the rollout of the common definition, metrics and standardised tools and practices that enable all to appropriately measure and report on their impact and contributions at the actor level.


The initiative will also advocate for and support the full implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework by governments and other stakeholders. An NPI Partnership will be launched in the coming weeks and will be open to all relevant institutions and organisations who want to support and implement the global goal for nature, by pledging their support.


For further information on the Nature Positive Initiative, please contact naturepositiveinitiative@gmail.com.


The Business For Biodiversity Ireland platform is offering guidance for the private sector transformation to nature positive - sign up HERE.

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