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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.

African elephant flapping its ears.

CITES and IUCN bolster collaboration in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade

Geneva, 28 August 2015 – The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region. …  

28 Aug 2015 | International news release

Watering a school vegetable garden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. IUCN and partners are promoting water education so that future generations can benefit from development based on sustainable and equitable use of water.

A milestone in financing sustainable development

IUCN welcomes the results of a recent international conference on financing for development which agreed on practical measures to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, due to be adopted by the international community at a summit at the UN in September. …  

23 Jul 2015 | Article

Doñana National Park

IUCN grants top management Green List award to iconic Doñana

Gland, Switzerland, 22 July 2015 (IUCN) – One of the most biodiverse areas in Europe – Doñana National Park and Natural Reserve – was granted IUCN’s Green List status today in recognition of the successful conservation efforts of its managers. …   | Spanish

22 Jul 2015 | International news release

Natural Capital Coalition

A route through the complex world of Natural Capital

Today marks a significant milestone in the development of the first global Natural Capital Protocol, less than a year before its launch: the release by the Natural Capital Coalition of an extensive report about business expectations and anticipated benefits from the Protocol; and an early glimpse of the draft Principles and Framework. …   | Dutch

16 Jul 2015 | News story


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