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2000 - Biodiversity and Business in Latin America

This study by the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) provides an overview of South-American examples of biodiversity businesses, outlines the business and conservation rationale for investing in such businesses, and elicits the investment opportunities in biodiversity-linked markets.

Title

Biodiversity and Business in Latin America

Authors

Michael Rubino, Diana Propper de Callejon, Tony Lent

Institutions

International Finance Corporation, Environmental Projects Unit

Date

2000

Abstract

“Biodiversity businesses” represent a new and dynamic partnership. This alliance between business and conservation interests offers enormous potential benefits for all humankind. Like traditional businesses, biodiversity enterprises seek to earn a profit. At the same time, they make a deliberate effort to conserve biological diversity through the sustainable use of environmental products in sectors such as forestry, agriculture, and tourism. If their record in Latin America is any indication, these businesses are booming. But the industry is still in its infancy and in need of new sources of capital. This report outlines (a) the business and conservation rationale for investing in such businesses and (b) some of the investment opportunities in biodiversity-linked markets.

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