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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.

Addax

Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction

Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the wild.   …  

06 May 2016 | News story

Global Goals

BRICS states respond to global environmental challenges

The First Environmental Working Group Meeting of the BRICS States took place in April in St Petersburg, Russia, addressing urgent environmental issues. The discussion on water resources ecology resulted in the adoption of the "Clean Rivers of BRICS" programme. The ‘BRICS Green Technology Platform’ will be launched aiming to bridge the efforts of the public and private sectors to address the environmental challenges.  …  

05 May 2016 | News story

Niokolo-Koba National Park c Remco

Cement giant vows to respect World Heritage in joint effort with IUCN and UNESCO

Building materials company CEMEX has committed to staying out of World Heritage sites and to building awareness of the need to protect them, following a collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …   | Spanish

29 Apr 2016 | International news release

Akosombo Hydroelectric Power Station on the Volta River supplies energy for Ghana and Togo, West Africa

Balancing complexity and simplicity: the challenge of (re)packaging science for decision-making and policy relevance

WISE-UP to Climate is a multi-partnership project focussing on natural infrastructure, water security and climate change adaptation in the Tana and Volta River Basins. Using an innovative approach to catalyse change on the ground, the project aims to demonstrate natural infrastructure as a 'nature-based solution' for climate change adaptation and sustainable development. …  

28 Apr 2016 | News story


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