Executive summary of the recommendations of the TNFD

Our society, economies and financial systems are embedded in nature, not external to it. The prosperity and resilience of our societies and economies depend on the health and resilience of nature and its biodiversity. Healthy ecosystems are a prerequisite for the sustained flow of ecosystem services that communities need to survive and flourish, and that...
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To assess the potential importance of the contribution an ecosystem service makes to a production process, and the materiality of the impact if this service is disrupted, two aspects were considered: How significant is the loss of functionality in the production process if the ecosystem service is disrupted? Limited loss of functionality: the production process can...
UNEP-WCMC have developed a hierarchical natural capital asset classification to support the identification of natural capital assets which underpin ecosystem services. The classification was primarily developed because existing classifications were alone not fit-for-purpose. The development of a standardised, scientifically robust and fit-for-purpose classification, which consolidates and modifies existing classifications, enables consistent identification and description of...
After linking economic sectors to the ecosystem services they depend on, it is important to understand how these services are provided by natural capital assets and how they might be influenced by drivers of environmental change such as pollution and climate change. Identifying the natural capital assets underpinning each ecosystem service and the potential drivers...
Nature can be understood through a construct of four realms – Land, Ocean, Freshwater, and Atmosphere. These are major components of the natural world that differ fundamentally in their organisation and function. Atmosphere is included in the framework to reflect the close association between climate- and nature-related risks and opportunities, while also acknowledging that links with climate mitigation and adaptation...
Belem, Brazil, 11 August 2023: High level scoping study from the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and partners concludes that demand for nature-related data is growing quickly and a global nature-related public data facility could scale the availability, quality and maintenance of nature data with significant benefits for public, private and civil society stakeholders globally....
Whether it’s down to regulatory change, greater understanding of the climate crisis, client pressure, recruitment needs or investor questions, PR firms are now frequently being asked to support ESG communications. In recent months, several meetings with our clients to set up campaigns or messaging workshops have turned to the company’s ESG initiatives or concerns over...
Many companies understand that communicating about their sustainability activities can give them a competitive advantage against their peers.   Consumers are increasingly sophisticated in their understanding of sustainability issues and will make purchasing decisions accordingly. Employees look at organizations’ sustainability credentials as a key consideration in their next career move. Investors are directing capital towards organizations...
Fishermen in Indonesia know it from experience: the country’s mangroves are not just stabilizing an eroding coastline and preventing coastal flooding; they are also important carbon sinks, supporting marine biodiversity and local fisheries. The erosion of coastlines and a sharp decline in annual income for fishing households — 5 to 10 times the rate of mangrove loss– are dire...
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