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Transforming business practices

Since its creation in 1948, IUCN has been engaging the private sector to help conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

The Global Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) was established in 2003 to influence and support private partners in addressing environmental and social issues. The Programme's key priority, based on a strategy approved by the IUCN Council, is to engage the business sectors that have a significant impact on natural resources and livelihoods. These include large 'footprint' industries such as mining, and oil and gas, biodiversity-dependent industries including fishing, agriculture and forestry, financial services and “green” enterprises such as organic farming, renewable energy and nature-based tourism.

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Another ranger on duty

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. …  

29 Jul 2014 | News story

Yanbaru Forest

IUCN leads the way towards valuing nature in business

A consortium led by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, has been appointed as one of two global groups to develop the Natural Capital Protocol – a comprehensive guide to measuring and valuing natural capital in business decision-making.   …  

28 Jul 2014 | News story

Holcim

IUCN and Holcim celebrate the conclusion of a successful relationship producing important tools for the cement and aggregates sector

 Working together to strengthen biodiversity and water management within Holcim and to extend tested approaches to the cement and aggregates sector, IUCN and Swiss-based global building materials company Holcim have now completed the second phase of their seven-year engagement. …  

25 Jul 2014 | News story

Work shop

Nature and Heritage Interpretation Workshop

Fifteen conservation organizations developing or engaged in ecotourism businesses in Sri Lanka came together, in late June 2014, to learn the key elements in nature and heritage interpretation. The training, offered by IUCN SL in collaboration with Kuoni, the Swiss travel company, and Whittall Boustead, the local agents for Kuoni, provided participants with practical skills in this important field. …  

23 Jul 2014 | News story

Inner Niger Delta

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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