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How is one of the world's largest oil and gas companies addressing biodiversity and livelihood issues in the Niger Delta? Why is Nespresso working with local farmers in Brazil to help them scale-up and strengthen their national supply chain? What does training Sri Lankan tourism operators in health and safety have to do with conservation? Why is the one of the world’s biggest cement companies, Holcim, integrating biodiversity standards into its policies and practices, and serving as a test case for other industries?

The answers can be found in the stories featured in the Business and Biodiversity Programme Annual Report, which shows how IUCN is working in key industries to reduce their environmental footprint and generate greater conservation benefits. IUCN - together with key actors from policymakers to industry leaders – is promoting new solutions, standards and safeguards for businesses to consider as they develop sustainability plans and activities.

Learn more about IUCN's history on business engagement or see some of the latest highlights below.

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Greening Africa’s growth corridors could contribute to global Sustainable Development Goals, says IUCN

Nairobi, Kenya – Building inclusive, resilient, green growth corridors is one way African countries can ensure their ambitious economic agendas support the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said IUCN at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) regional meeting held here 13-14 May.  

18 May 2015 | News story

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IUCN Pakistan, FPCCI sign MoU for Promoting Sustainable Development in Pakistan

IUCN Pakistan and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint initiatives towards sustainable development in Pakistan. The MoUwas signed at a simple ceremony held at the office of the FPCCI. The MoU was signed by the IUCN Pakistan, Country Representative, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema and FPCCI President Mian Mohammad Idrees. …  

15 May 2015 | International news release

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

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Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report

Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
 

16 Apr 2015 | News story


Mangrove seedlings

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.  Read more.

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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 here.

 

Inner Niger Delta

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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