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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Biodiversity iconLand governance and rights Issues over land governance and rights have been demonstrated both theoretically and empirically to be an important factor in unsustainable rates of deforestation and over-exploitation.

The lack of or absentee ownership of landscapes and ecosystem services means fragmented responsibility and undermines long-term visions, reducing opportunities to manage price volatility in the supply chain.

What can businesses do?

Businesses must engage and collaborate with other stakeholders within the landscape to avoid the abuse or overuse of nature and foster agreements on its utilisation and on the rights and  responsibilities of local people. Assuming responsibility for biodiversity and ecosystems, and the valuable services they provide, is an essential part of corporate social responsibility.