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Transforming business practices

Since its creation in 1948, IUCN has been engaging the private sector to help conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

The Global Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) was established in 2003 to influence and support private partners in addressing environmental and social issues. The Programme's key priority, based on a strategy approved by the IUCN Council, is to engage the business sectors that have a significant impact on natural resources and livelihoods. These include large 'footprint' industries such as mining, and oil and gas, biodiversity-dependent industries including fishing, agriculture and forestry, financial services and “green” enterprises such as organic farming, renewable energy and nature-based tourism.

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How can business contribute to protected areas?

The IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Government of the Netherlands, is hosting more than 30 events in a special pavilion at the 2014 World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. In addition, business representatives will join several of the main events at the Congress, as well as in the World Leaders Dialogues. Find out more under the Key Events section of this website and see The Business Journey below.

The Business Journey at the World Parks Congress
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A strategic approach on biodiversity: the what, why and how

Companies are increasingly taking steps to integrate environmental - and specifically biodiversity - considerations in their business agendas.

To be effective, it is important for businesses to adopt a strategic approach, the first step of which is to define a biodiversity policy. To this end, many resources  have been developed. This new briefing produced by IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme presents a summary of "what, why and how" needed for a company can take a strategic approach to biodiversity, along with recommendations for ensuring a successful roll-out and links to key resources.

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The business of mangroves

Coastal tourism and fisheries and aquaculture are the target industries for a new private sector engagement strategy that has been developed for the Mangroves the for the Future (MFF) regional initiative which focuses on protecting Asia’s coastlines.

Mangroves are among the world’s most productive ecosystems, providing critical habitat for many species; food and livelihoods for coastal communities; and an effective buffer against storm surges. MFF has long recognized the critical importance of harnessing the financial capacity and entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector. See the full article by Jane Lawton below.

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Pacific Island leaders sail into Sydney Harbour with call to protect oceans

The leaders of Kiribati, Cook Islands and Palau have called on the world to follow their lead in ocean protection, after sailing into Sydney Harbour aboard traditional voyaging canoes that have travelled more than 6,000 nautical miles from the Pacific Islands. …  

12 Nov 2014 | News story

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Allanblackia oil enters market in new margarine

After over a decade of research and work on the ground, Allanblackia oil has made its first introduction into the consumer market, and its success can benefit local communities, help restore degraded landscapes and conserve local biodiversity. …  

29 Oct 2014 | Article

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Transboundary conservation helping promote peace and cooperation

“Conservation goals can be achieved across international boundaries through cooperative models, including enhanced nature conservation outcomes, sustainable socio-economic development and the promotion of peace”. This was the core of a statement made by Todd Walters on behalf of Maja Vasilijevic of IUCN’s Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group at the International Symposium on Biodiversity Conservation and Peace Building in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The symposium took place during the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that has just concluded in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. …  

23 Oct 2014 | Article
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Interview with Julia Marton-Lefèvre

IUCN Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre answers key questions on the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus at Stockholm World Water Week. …  

18 Oct 2014 | News story

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IUCN Panel provides recommendations to help restore the Niger Delta

IUCN's Niger Delta Panel has recently published a report that provide scientific recommendations to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), to help restore the biodiversity of its oil spill sites in the Niger Delta.

This week sees the release of the IUCN Niger Delta Panel’s full report generated during their first year of work. The report presents a detailed set of recommendations for appropriate techniques for addressing oil spills in specific ecozones of the region. It focuses on the first two of the objectives set out for the Panel, namely to ‘develop and provide standards and best practice guidance on remediation and rehabilitation’ and ‘encourage uptake of the guidance by SPDC and others’.

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