Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are already the heart of the local economies. SMEs prosper due to adaptability, innovation, persistence, and biodiversity. But what is ‘biodiversity’? All animals, from flies to tigers. All plants, from grass to giant trees. Forests and oceans. But also a person’s garden, green company sites, meadows and a city park. All the variety of earth together is called biodiversity. All companies interact with biodiversity, through dependence on natural resources, and their impact on biodiversity. To contribute to and conserve biodiversity, you do not need to travel to the rainforests or Antartica. SMEs can be the perfect entry! In this guide we will show you how your small and medium business can benefit from investing in biodiversity and aim to inspire you to start your journey.
The publication ‘Small business – A big deal for biodiversity’ explains how a focus on biodiversity will enable SMEs to become ‘future proof’ and ‘market smart’. With this publication, IBBI hopes to trigger and support SMEs to take the next step.
This book will enable the SMEs to understand the concept of ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services,’ what it could mean to them as a company and as part of an area or landscape where different stakeholders depend on the same natural assets.