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Framing Resource Efficiency and Biodiversity – The Role of Partnerships between NGOs and Companies




23 May 2011

Permanent representation of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU

Rue Belliard 60 - 62, 1040 Brussels




Time: 10:00 – 17:30


In early 2011 the European Commission launched "A resource-efficient Europe” as one of its seven 2020 flagship initiatives. An important element of resource efficiency is the efficient and sustainable use of biological resources. In the coming months the input from NGOs and companies will be crucial in the framing of this initiative. With the recent outcomes of the Convention on Biological Diversity COP 10 in Nagoya, the European Commission and the 27 EU Member States have underlined the involvement of companies in advancing the biodiversity agenda. The European Commission will shortly present its 2020 Biodiversity Communication, which foresees an increased mainstreaming of biodiversity in the business sector.

Within this policy context, establishing a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of companies and NGOs becomes eminent. This workshop will explore and extract lessons learned from passed and ongoing partnerships between NGOs and companies in the field of biodiversity and resource efficiency and thus lay the foundation and provide advice on future partnerships.


Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Providing up to date information about "business and biodiversity” initiatives within the emerging 2020 European policy context.
  • Exchanging experiences of and determining conditions for partnerships between NGOs and companies to improve resource efficiency and conserve biodiversity.
  • Establishing criteria for successful partnerships between NGOs and companies.




Time: 20:00 – 21:45


The evening event will provide a platform for discussions between NGOs, companies and politicians on the role of partnerships between NGOs and companies to achieve a resource-efficient Europe. Two successful partnerships will give an insight into establishing and running such co-operations.


This is the first of a series of workshops looking at the topic of partnerships between NGOs and companies in Europe. The other workshops will be held between the second half of 2011 and 2012 in Germany, Spain and Hungary.


Both events are organised in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network. The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign is supported by the EU LIFE+ Programme.


If you require further information, please contact Stefan Mielke,

Phone: +49 - 77 32 - 99 95 - 89


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Please find the agenda of the workshop here:


Please find the agenda of the evening panel discussion here:

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