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CII-IBBI has developed several tools which help companies to understand the impacts and dependencies of their project, better communicate results of assessments and help them mainstream biodiversity in their business operations as well as value chains. IBBI tools address International standards and other important requirements during the assessment.

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Biodiversity Quick Scan 2.0

This tool primarily offers screening with a specific focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services, to measure natural capital that is already being managed by the company. It provides self-assessment by identifying impact and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the value chain. The company is required to share significant data for analysis and the result is given as a score on different areas of action.

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Biodiversity Need Assessment

This is biodiversity assessment based on a comprehensive study of the biological diversity (flora & fauna) at the site and assessment of impacts and risks (direct and indirect) on them due to project activities undertaken by the company. It also includes mapping of ecosystem services available and their linkages with project activities. This tool further helps in developing companies’ Natural Capital Profile and action plans required.

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Natural Capital Profile

This is a communication document for investors which gives insights into the stewardship of natural resources and companies’ performance. This provides companies a scope for improving their efficiency and operational performance by mitigating risks that may have material financial impacts on their business. This lends transparency to how the company manages its impacts & dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Natural Capital Action Plan

Natural Capital Action Plan (NCAP) is a site-specific assessment study and document preparation for guiding a company to improve the biodiversity quotient of a particular project as well as to mitigate risks. It involves identification, evaluation and action plans for conservation and enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This document enables site management to maintain or improve biodiversity values during operational and post-closure phases of the project.

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Ecosystem Service Matrix (ESM)

The ESM tool developed in-house under CII-IBBI, is used to map the risk areas related to various ecosystems and ecosystem services on which business is dependent or impacting. ESM uses the risk-based approach based on ISO 31000 principles for biodiversity risk assessment. The methodology includes a risk based approach, where different ecosystems are mapped and the level of ecosystem services provided by them to industry are identified. The mapping of biodiversity and ecosystem services for business own operations as well as supply chain helps in understand biodiversity relevance with business.


Steps involved in the ESM assessment are:


Step 1: Demarcation of critical ecosystem and ecosystem services in company value chain


Step 2: Assesses the company impacts and dependency on the ecosystem and ecosystem services


Step 3: Mapping present management level to address company impacts and dependencies


Step 4: Identify risk areas

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Biodiversity Indexing of the sites and corporate levels

This tool is based on the City Biodiversity Index (CBI) methodology of Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). IBBI has modified the methodology to best suit for depicting the project area biodiversity status and calculating biodiversity index. It is a method of scientifically assessing the level of biodiversity (flora, fauna & ecosystem services) that exists within the company’s boundary along with management plans of the company. The indexing is developed based on 100 percentile and benchmarks companies on the work taken up for biodiversity conservation. This indexing system is formulated with a working group & green assessor under IBBI.

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Natural Capital Valuation (NCV)

NCV is a performance measurement and management toolkit that enables business managers to design appropriate responses to global and local environmental threats across company operations, upstream & downstream value chain. NCV helps measure and monetize natural capital externalities to drive sustainable growth and deliver measurable value to all stakeholders.

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Green Belt Development

Green Belt development around an industrial site is required to reduce the effect of pollution, keep the ecosystem intact, retain the biodiversity of the area and fulfill the requirement for Environmental Clearance. With its experience and use of traditional knowledge, IBBI strategically formulates a plantation plan for the company to develop a green belt that fulfills requirements and aids the company to mitigate negative impacts and support local biodiversity.

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Biodiversity Indexing of the sites and corporate levels

This tool is based on the City Biodiversity Index (CBI) methodology of Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). IBBI has modified the methodology to best suit for depicting the project area biodiversity status and calculating biodiversity index. It is a method of scientifically assessing the level of biodiversity (flora, fauna & ecosystem services) that exists within the company’s boundary along with management plans of the company. The indexing is developed based on 100 percentile and benchmarks companies on the work taken up for biodiversity conservation. This indexing system is formulated with a working group & green assessor under IBBI.

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