Guidance & Resources

Assessing your baseline

  • You can choose your metrics and scope to measure your impacts on biodiversity
  • You may decide to start with completing a baseline study of the biodiversity present on campus and university-owned land
  • Supply chain impacts can be estimated by collecting university purchasing data, such as paper and lab supplies, equipment, food and building materials.
  • Purchasing data can be converted into impacts such as eutrophication, land, water and climate, then can be converted into a proxy biodiversity metric to allow comparisons of relative impacts

Find out how Oxford carried out its baseline

Jyväskylä University study (in Finnish)

Calculate your University Ecological Footprint

How to carry out a biodiversity survey

Actions and Influence

  • Prioritise actions based on feasibility, risks, costs, and acceptability to your university community using the Conservation and Mitigation hierarchy, also known as the 4Rs (Refrain, Reduce, Restore and Renew)
  • Decide which will get implemented first and calculate how far they will get you towards your overall goal
  • Monitor, evaluate and adapt the options to achieve your goal and targets
  • Check out the 10 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration principles for good restoration activities if planning to mitigate your biodiversity impacts
  • Promote nature positive concepts and action through education, community engagement and outreach within the university and wider community
  • Check out our Case Studies page for more actions taken by members of the Nature Positive Universities network and to submit your own stories.

Nature Positive journey

  • We are excited to facilitate universities working together to share their Nature Positive journeys and experience.
  • Please let us know if you would like to help facilitate a Nature Positive Hub in your country or region.

We would love to share your stories

Please let us know what nature positive actions you are taking on your campus