Addressing biodiversity loss is one of today’s main challenges towards sustainable development. In line with its mission and commitments, the CMCC Foundation has become a partner of the BIOdiversity and Economics for Conservation (BIOECON) network in 2018.
BIOECON, currently composed by 27 partners, assembles economists, lawyers, and scientists from leading international academic and research institutions and policy organisations working on the design and implementation of cutting edge economic incentives for biodiversity conservation. Its main purpose is to investigate the environmental and economic drivers responsible for the loss of biodiversity and, consequently, to develop and implement tools and policies to tackle the effects of these drivers.
Current CMCC research on biodiversity is mainly focused on mapping biological diversity as a conservation priority to tackle habitat loss, fragmentation and climate change; modelling climate change impacts on biodiversity, agriculture, ecosystem functions, and natural systems; assessing the risks and costs of climate change that can be of direct usability; and responding to the different needs of end users from the research, business, investment, and policy making community.
BIOECON serves as a catalyst to spread the main results of research and practices on these themes, through a series of activities, including the Annual Meeting, which serves as an opportunity for networking and sharing lessons and experiences with other researchers, environmental professionals, international organizations, and policy makers.