How LIFE Methodology works
LIFE Methodology for companies embraces different interconnected elements:
Evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions already implemented by organizations follows guidelines regarding both national and international priorities for the conservation of biodiversity as well as the effectiveness of actions performed. The information on these priorities for Brazil are updated and systematized here (links are in Portuguese since it refers to Brazilian legislation).
The rating system of conservation actions prioritizes initiatives with greater potential for the maintenance of ecosystem services and the conservation of biodiversity in a shortest time.
For example, actions for the creation and protection of legally protected areas (so-called ‘Conservation Units’, in Brazil) guarantee a direct and effective return for the maintenance of ecosystems’ services, so they rate higher than actions carried out focusing on the protection of a single species. Full details about this rating system can be found here.
The assessment of the organization’s environmental management is performed based on LIFE Standards, which provide management indicators for sustainability. To have access to documents of the Standards and LIFE premises that support them, click here.
To calculate the organization’s impacts on biodiversity, environmental aspects are considered, such as the consumption of energy and water, waste generation, emissions of greenhouse gases and area occupation, considering both their quantity and their severity.
After all this information has been gathered, the methodology calculates the minimum performance required in conservation actions in order to offset the impact caused by the use of natural resources. More information on how this calculation is done is available here.