April 2011
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Holcim and IUCN continue working together

IUCN and Holcim, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates, have renewed their partnership for another three years to continue to strengthen biodiversity management in Holcim's operations as well as in the wider building materials sector.

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Rehabilitated quarry

Bringing conservation businesses to the market

IUCN, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and Kuoni, the Swiss travel company, have embarked on a joint project to build capacities in conservation organizations that are developing sustainable tourism as part of their conservation efforts.

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CEMEX recognizes the importance of water management

Water is a building material -- let's not forget that. IUCN and global building materials company CEMEX join forces to work on optimizing water use and conserving the quality of water resources and wetlands in the river basins they operate in.

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Cemex Quarry, Léry-Poses, France

The Cocoa Partnership and IUCN: working together in Ghana

IUCN is working with the Cocoa Partnership in Ghana, to develop an environmental strategy for cocoa production that supports local livelihoods.

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A section of participants during the Kumasi Cadbury Cocoa Partnership workshop of 7th February 2011 facilitated by IUCN

IUCN helps businesses value nature

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released a Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) -- a new message to enhance business understanding of the benefits and value of ecosystem services like fresh water, food, fibre and protection against natural disasters.

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Private Sector

A Postcard from Davos

After attending the World Economic Forum's Annual meeting, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN's Director General, reflects on the importance of such fora to disseminate the IUCN message.

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IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre

The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign

The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) is dedicated to helping businesses recognize the many ways in which they are connected to biodiversity and innovative opportunities they have to conserve it.

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Extractive Industries

Women's micro-finance and forest conservation in India

Mark Poffenberger, of Community Forestry International, looks at the benefits that women's micro-finance groups bring to forest conservation and women's empowerment.

> Read the full story in page 11 of Arborvitae, IUCN Forest programme magazine
woman carrying wood and leaves

Nature+ drives next IUCN World Conservation Congress

With 18 months to go until the next IUCN World Conservation Congress kicks off in Jeju, IUCN and the Republic of Korea have launched the logo and theme of the Congress.

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2012 Congress logo

Stewart Maginnis

Stewart Maginnis We pose three questions to Stewart Maginnis -- IUCN Global Director, Environment and Development Group and Director, Global Forest Conservation Programme-- about private sector engagement in the forest sector as well as his expectations for the 2011 International Year of Forests.
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Nature - to die for?

Gorilla guard in Volcano National Park, Rwanda How do you think we can best protect the people who protect nature?
Read our feature Nature - to die for? and tell us what you think. Just click on 'Write a comment' to add your opinion. 
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Arborvitae - Attending to gender

This latest issue of Arborvitae, IUCN's Forest Programme Newsletter, considers how gender is being addressed both on the ground and in policy discussions on climate change and REDD.
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Biodiversity Management System

The Independent Expert Panel's proposal for the integrated management of biodiversity at Holcim Sites.
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Sustainable tourism and natural World Heritage: priorities for action

This report outlines the risks and opportunities of developing tourism in World Heritage sites.
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8 - 13 May

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Geneva, Switzerland


20 - 21 May

Symposium : Protecting the Environment in the XXIst Century: The Role of the Private Sector
Geneva, Switzerland


9 - 10 June

The Economics of Corporate Social Responsibility
Paris, France


19 - 29 June

World Heritage Committee Meeting
Paris, France


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IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Photo credits: Header © Revensis, Dreamstime; Cocoa partnership © IUCN/Martin N.; Cemex © Cemex; Davos © IUCN; EBBC © LCF Archive; giraffe © Kuoni/Julian Fennessy; Nature + © IUCN; quarry © Holcim; debate © Jim Thorsell; Stewart Maginnis © IUCN.