Biodiversity Friend

“Biodiversity Friend” is a VOLUNTARY standard open to all agricultural farms with plant production (family farms, cooperatives, large-scale distribution) that believe in a sustainable agriculture model, with low environmental impact and integrated into the landscape. Farmers become the true keepers of the environmental integrity of the territory.

BIODIVERSITY FRIEND STANDARD

Biological diversity is a fundamental resources for human beings, such as water and energy resources. The maintenance of high biodiversity in the environment must be an overriding goal for production activities, especially in the primary sector.

THE DECALOGUE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Biodiversity can be defined as the number of species living in a defined area and represents the most important resource of the ecosystems of our Planet. The destruction of the forests and habitats causes the extinction of thousands of species every year, necause of this, the loss of biodiversity is one of the greater environmental emergencies of our time. Unsustainable production and consumption models, lacking of education and consciousness of the problem caused a loss of biodiversity to which other environmental emergencies like global warming and limited availability of resources are strictly related. Recognizing these priorities, the United Nations declared 2010 “International Year of Biodiversity”.

BECOME BIODIVERSITY FRIEND

To certify the protocol “Biodiversity Friend” the WBA stipulated an agreement with CSQA Certifications, one of the most important agri-food certifying bodies in Italy. In 2014 WBA Project Ltd took over the managemnet of Biodiversity Friend and stipulated a new triennal agreement with CSQA. To guarantee the independence and protect all affected parties, the Certification Committee includes all the stakeholders of the food chain, from the farmers to the consumers, which have a determining role in the final decisions. CSQA is audited by the National Accreditation Body: Accredia.

BRAND

The brand “Biodiversity Friend” is the means through which the official documentation related to the certification is graphically identified. The brand is owned by WBA and it has been registered (trademark filed on July 1, 2010 at CCIAA of Verona). The brand has been registered as an international trademark in European Union and China by the World Intellectually Property Organization di Madrid and in U.S.A. by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2014 WBA registered also the Biodiversity Friend Checklist as a patent for inventation to the CCIAA of Verona (Italy).

LIST OF ACCREDITED VERIFIERS

For more informations write to: info@biodiversityassociation.org