LIFE Certification

What is LIFE Certification?

Approximately 40% of the global economy is based on products sourced from biodiversity or its ecological processes. The need to conserve biodiversity through strengthening the engagement of the private sector with environmental issues is paramount in reaching a balance between the increasing loss of biodiversity and sustainable development and has set the scene for the creation of LIFE Certification.

LIFE Certification is applied to those businesses concerned with the increasing risks of global environmental thresholds and that in response aim to implement robust and measurable Biodiversity Action Plans.

Key differential points:

  • LIFE Certification system focuses primarily on biodiversity conservation actions
  • International tool that can be applied to organizations of any size and sector
  • Founded on a threefold Governance – Academia, NGOs and Business
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation actions based on scientific specifications and national and international biodiversity conservation priorities
  • Unique methodology that enables the assessment of businesses impacts on biodiversity, evaluates and scores biodiversity conservation actions that the organization might perform.

The main objective of estimating the organization’s impacts is to determine a referential that will serve as guideline for the conservation actions each will put in place. In other words, LIFE assesses the organizations environmental management through a scoring system in order to propose a minimum in conservation actions that such organization should put in place in order to obtain the Certification.

Biodiversity Conservation Actions are divided in 4 main groups:

  • Protected areas officially implemented
  • Protected areas non-officially implemented
  • Initiatives for species and ecosystems management and conservation
  • Strategic, political and/or educational initiatives for biodiversity conservation

The Four steps comprehended by LIFE Certification process can be demonstrated in the box below: