Natural Capital Business Forum

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar 27th January 2015

Theme: Investing in Natural Capital: Public Private Cooperation for Future Prosperity in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Overview

The Fourth GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting emphasized the need to strengthen collaboration between governments, development partners, business sector, and civil society in order to find ways to maintain and enhance the region’s natural capital stocks. A key step was the need to strengthen collaboration and coordination between businesses, government, and/or civil society in ways that are demonstrably good for business, local livelihoods and for the protection and enhancement of the subregion’s natural capital. In this context the Natural Capital Business Forum engaged the businesses in their capacity as a beneficiary of public sector investments as well as the investors in economic activities associated with natural capital.

First, the Forum aimed to identify opportunities for businesses to engage in economic activities that met the objectives of the triple bottom line (people, planet, profits), i.e. to create business practices that sustain the social, economic, and natural basis for prosperity and wellbeing. Second, the Forum aimed to identify how tangible partnerships could be established between businesses and other stakeholders with interactive and strongly results-driven formats to best support increased natural capital investments in the GMS.

Businesses from different sectors supported the Natural Capital Business Forum. They co-hosted sessions and champion follow-up activities after the event. Partners included those involved in investment, value chains and SME development, and the freight and logistics sector.

The specific objectives of the Natural Capital Business Forum were as follows:

  • Specify designs for investment vehicles and bring together partners for their realization.
  • Facilitate partners along value chains to better manage natural capital, in order to improve business cases upstream and ensure long-term sourcing downstream.
  • Support stakeholders to realize smart investments at sector levels, for example the greening of freight.
  • Develop key messages and recommendations for policy makers. 

See also

Biodiversity Landscapes Forum

27th January 2015
Event

Theme: Designing mechanisms and building partnerships for the strategic planning and management of transboundary and other biodiversity landscapes

Overview

Biodiversity landscapes constitute a large proportion of the natural capital remaining in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). They are a rich repository of globally important biodiversity, including many endemic and endangered species, and provide vital ecosystem services. This wealth of natural capital underpins the subregion’s security in terms of energy, food, and water. Seven of these landscapes cut across international borders. These transboundary biodiversity landscapes (TBLs), which are the focus of the GMS Core Environment Program, lie in juxtaposition to the GMS economic corridors, providing both challenges and opportunities for their effective management and conservation.

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Natural Capital Dialogue

28th January 2015
Event

Increasing Investments in Natural Capital in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Natural Capital Dialogue brought together senior GMS government officials, international experts and a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the significance of natural capital in the context of inclusive and sustainable development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Occurring ahead of the 4th GMS Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM4), the Natural Capital Dialogue presented an important opportunity to draw public and business sector attention to the need to increase investments in the Subregion’s natural capital.

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