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Testing innovative business approaches to preserve biodiversity.

Transforming business practices

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.

UN Member States formally adopt a resolution for the introduction of legal measures to protect the high seas

A major step towards a legally-binding deal for the high seas

Another significant step towards improved protection and management of the high seas was achieved today as UN Member States formally adopted a resolution for the development of legal measures to conserve marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Jun 2015 | News story

A new report on synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration.

Synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration.

The two responses to climate change - mitigating emissions and adapting to impacts - are often pursued as separate actions. But some ecosystem-based responses, like forest landscape restoration, can serve as both mitigation and adaptation tools. A new report from IUCN examines where and how restoration can serve mitigation and adaptation goals across the world and in key countries. …  

17 Jun 2015 | International news release

Infographic 'Going with the Flow'. The natural capital of water, follow @IUCN_Water on Twitter

On Valuing Nature’s Water Infrastructure

Blog by Mark Smith, Director IUCN Water Programme. Posted originally on the Economist Insight for World Environment Day 2015. …  

05 Jun 2015 | News story

Sunset in Vanuatu.

Is it worth investing in coral reefs? Results from an assessment of MPA economic benefits in Fiji and Vanuatu

A study, carried out by IUCN in 10 villages in Vanuatu and Fiji, evaluated the economic benefits of community-based Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Its results show that MPAs make sense not only for their conservation benefits, but they yield tangible economic benefits.   …  

05 Jun 2015 | Article


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