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The biodiversity footprint of UK Foreign Direct Investment 2009

Freshwater Marine Terrestrial Human Activities JNCC Publications 9978 1 86107 610 6 International Biodiversity Economics Ecosystem goods Ecosystem services Environmental assets Flows Natural assets Natural capital Natural resource accounting Natural resources Sustainable development Sustainable use

Abstract

As part of its Global Impacts Programme, JNCC undertook some work in 2009 to develop techniques to track commodities coming into the UK and investment flowing out, with the objective of linking these flows of resources to potential ecosystem impacts around the world.

In 2007 the UK economy was the second largest global source of Foreign Direct Investment, after the USA. Over 75% of this investment goes into the developed economies of Europe and North America, but there are significant flows into the developing and transition economies of South America, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States. In these regions the exploitation of natural resources and increasing food production, to meet national and global demands, poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity.

JNCC's work on Foreign Direct Investment is tracking the flow of UK funds overseas using official statistics.The work highlights the risks and opportunities in respect of potential biodiversity impacts arising from these investment flows.This initial report by JNCC sets the scene for future work by describing recent global trends in FDI, identifying key sectors and geographical regions and characterising the nature of the biodiversity impacts and opportunities that may arise through UK investments overseas.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2009··

Citation
JNCC. 2009. The biodiversity footprint of UK Foreign Direct Investment. JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 9978 1 86107 610 6.

Lineage
As part of its Global Impacts Programme, in 2009 JNCC undertook some work to develop techniques to track commodities coming into the UK and investment flowing out.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·06·17

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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