Biodiversity is everybody's business and each stakeholder of the society must get involved

Biodiversity and ecosystems individually and collectively provide us with a multitude of goods and services that are essential for our dignity, cultures and well-being and are unfortunately too often taken for granted. Better awareness of the benefits of biodiversity is therefore necessary for initiating actions for its protection. It is often assumed that these goods and services are taken for granted and are inexhaustible.

Optimisation of benefits generated by this biodiversity and the reduction of risks associated with the loss of biodiversity for companies, businesses andc onsumers are important measures within the framework of a responsible social policy. It is therefore necessary to associate the action of public authorities with an approach that brings together, where appropriate, the market, cultural values and the civil society, in dialogue with all the stakeholders.

Emphasis on the socio-economic value of ecosystems and not only on the conservation of nature is sometimes overlooked or misunderstood. Efficient use of resources and materials as well as consumption and production patterns are two poles of sustainable use of biodiversity.

Although some measures have already been implemented by some key players,improving the understanding of socio-economic value of biodiversity to society (businesses, workers, trade unions, local players and consumers) is an essential step for the vision 2050 of our low-carbon society, sustainable and efficient in the use of natural resources and for good communication and, thereby, the appropriation and integration of biodiversity.

Ensuring access for all to services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity is therefore a matter of social responsibility.