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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.


Rio Tinto executive makes the business case for biodiversity in plenary session at Leaders for Nature India Forum.

Leaders for Nature India Forum links valuing natural capital to future prosperity

The first Leaders for Nature India Forum held on 30 January in Mumbai explored how natural capital accounting could help the private sector address some of the biggest challenges it is facing today in India and around the world.  

05 Feb 2015 | Article

A field trip to a coffee plantation in the Cerrado, Brazil.

Promoting sustainable landscapes in Brazil's Cerrado biome

As a result of IUCN, Nespresso and IPÊ sharing their vision of sustainable productive landscapes, a multi-stakeholder consortium is now addressing ecosystem services decline and natural resources depletion in the biologically-diverse Cerrado biome. The consortium supports a blend of communications, knowledge sharing and capacity building to shift behaviour and community attitudes towards sustainability in the region. …  

04 Feb 2015 | Article

IUCN Director General takes part in the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos.

IUCN’s new Director General engages global leaders in Davos

As one of her first acts, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. …  

03 Feb 2015 | News story

A sacred pond within Xe Champhone wetlands where turtles are protected by local people.

Celebrating the wealth of wetlands

Every year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, commemorating the 1971 signing of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. This year’s theme is ‘Wetlands for our Future’, aiming to raise awareness among younger generations, and for all to reflect on the health and unique value of wetlands. …  

02 Feb 2015 | News story

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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.  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.

 

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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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