bat biodiversity partnership - Partnership updates

Landscape Approach event, Upton Estate, Oxfordshire

In September the BAT Biodiversity Partnership hosted an event to discuss landscape approaches to sustainability in agricultural landscapes and to share the BROA tool. Invited participants included representatives from businesses, NGOs and government agencies. Participants concluded that BROA had strong potential to be used more widely and also offered useful guidance on what kind of information would help them to adopt the tool in their own organisations.

In addition to this event, BROA has been presented in a number of other business and academic forums in September and October 2013.

Rolling out the next round of BROA across BAT’s global leaf growing operations

The company will implement the next round of BROA globally by 2014, after successfully completing the first round across all their 20 worldwide leaf operations by 2010. In order to ensure this roll out is consistent across the global operations the BATBP Partners are delivering field-based workshops to train BAT staff. These have now been successfully delivered in Africa, South-East Asia and the Americas. These workshops help staff:

  • to use the BROA Tool effectively to assess, identify and manage risks and dependencies
  • understand that engaging with stakeholders and conservation partners can bring value to and strengthen this process
  • to assess and prioritise impacts
  • gain deeper understanding of BES dependencies within agricultural landscapes
  • share experiences between countries and operations

Making BROA freely accessible for other companies

The BROA Tool is now freely available for others to use and is available from BROA Tool Download. The BATBP can offer support and guidance to companies who wish to consider using this Tool and will be running a follow-up event to the Painters Hall, London event last November in the coming months.

BROA has been recently reviewed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in their report, Eco4Biz - Ecosystem services and biodiversity tools to support business decision-making - which encourages companies to explore the tools that can help them better incorporate nature into business decision-making. BROA has also been reviewed in the BSR Report on Measuring and Managing Corporate Performance in an Era of Expanded Disclosure: A Review of the Emerging Domain of Ecosystem Services Tools.

ITC Ltd, in India, has become the first company to implement BROA in addition to British American Tobacco. They will be applying the BROA in their spice growing region in the state of Andhra Pradesh later in 2013. The BATBP, through Earthwatch Institute, is supporting ITC Ltd in this process and will produce a report on the application and findings in due course.

Lombok Watershed Project, Indonesia

The integrated Watershed Management Plan for Renggung sub-catchment was approved and signed by District Government in May 2013, the plan will be effective to 2027. A workshop to socialise the plan took place in June and was featured on local TV. A major output of the meeting was the agreement to set up a District Watershed Forum which will help the implementation of the plan over the coming years. The process has been led over the last year by a core team from Fauna & Flora International, the Lombok based NGO Transform and the University of Mataram, in co-ordination with a wider 32 person team with representatives from business, including PT Export Leaf Indonesia, government, NGO’s and the University of Mataram. Six villages across the watershed have been selected as focal areas for agroforestry demonstration activities, the team is working closely with the communities and government to develop these schemes; planting will start in the rainy season 2013.

Research in Brazil and India

The research into biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes led by Earthwatch Institute in Brazil and India continues to progress. In both countries scientists and volunteer groups are collecting field data and communicating the research in a range of appropriate forums. Both projects have also become key platforms on which to engage different audiences on the topic of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes and the wider ecosystems on which they depend. The project in Brazil has become a key part of Earthwatch’s engagement with a range of their corporate partners, while the Indian project is now used for engaging members of the general public and teams of teachers.

Sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems in Uganda

The operational project in Uganda, led by the Tropical Biology Association and local partners Tree Talk, Nature Uganda and BAT-Uganda, is now in full swing. Activities to restore and protect important forest and water resources in the Project Area, through management planning, restoration and boundary demarcation, are being undertaken in partnership with local and national governments. Farmers and other community members are working with the project to plant trees across their community land and undertake farming practices which are of benefit to biodiversity, and long-term farming sustainability. Education, sharing and awareness-raising are helping to increase the level of understanding of some of the key issues facing farming sustainability and biodiversity in the region. You can read about the project in more detail here

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