Standards and Biodiversity

Sustainable agriculture practices must be widely implemented in order to stem an alarming loss of biodiversity and to protect endangered species.

This is according to our SSI Review: Standards and Biodiversity, examining the intersection between voluntary sustainability standards 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 feed a growing population. 

This report was published in 2017 with data inclusive from 2008 to 2014.

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USD 52.5 billion

The market value of certified agricultural products was estimated to be USD 52.5 billion in 2015 for eight major commodities, an increased from 2012’s USD 31.6 billion.

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