Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Making the business case for investing in nature
Businesses depend on a wide range of services from the environment – known as eco-system services – to operate. These include clean water supply, soil productivity, natural disaster mitigation, animal health, and many more.
Through its Ecosystem Services Appraisal, the IDB works with businesses to identify which ecosystem services are most relevant to their business and how investments can maximize environmental and financial returns.
The IDB selects companies based upon a number of criteria: a demonstrated track record in sustainability, potential for improving impact on the environment, and willingness to integrate environmental capital analysis into decision-making.