Standards and Biodiversity

The policy brief entitled Voluntary Sustainability Standards and Biodiversity: Understanding the potential of agricultural standards for biodiversity protection examines the intersection between voluntary sustainability standard and the conservation of biodiversity. The study identified several opportunities to leverage the impact of voluntary sustainability standards to prevent and slow biodiversity losses. There is a clear rationale for policy-makers to support the evolution of voluntary sustainability standards in ways that can help ensure that they play a constructive role in meeting biodiversity targets. Voluntary sustainability standards offer an opportunity to reduce the biodiversity impacts of agriculture while promoting best practices, which can also improve yields and help to feed a growing population.

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