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This September IUCN held a ‘Business Week’ bringing together IUCN colleagues and representatives from existing business engagements from across the world. The purpose was to share experiences in working together and explore new opportunities for scaling up solutions with business to some of the conservation challenges we face. It is ten years since the Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) was established to influence and support the private sector in addressing environmental and social issues and four years since the last Business Week. Therefore it was a timely occasion to reflect on our progress and where we want to go next. Participants gained a clear overview of IUCN’s approach to business, the richness and diversity of our work with business, as well as the strength of reasoning of why and how we engage. We are on a long journey of transformational change and the collaborative initiatives seem to be the best way forward to increase the impact level and accelerate the deployment of nature based solutions. The meeting ended on a very positive high note with lots of energy and ideas. With this in mind we have dedicated this Building Bridges issue to sharing information from Business Week and the views of some of the participants.

Business Week – A showcase for IUCN – Business Collaborations

IUCN’s unique space to transform business

IUCN Business Week brought together more than 60 participants from IUCN’s family worldwide as well as 26 representatives from existing business engagements across 5 days at IUCN headquarters, 9- 13 September 2013.

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Parting words from Business Week participants (click to enlarge)

A Councillor’s View of Business Week

We were fortunate to have two IUCN councillors participating in Business Week, one of which was Jonathan Hughes. We asked him about his first year as councillor and his views on business engagement.

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Jonathan Hughes
Andrew Heald UPM

It’s all about communication…

Andrew Heald, Manager for Sustainable Plantations with Finnish pulp, paper and timber manufacturer UPM, tells us about UPM’s efforts to embed biodiversity into sustainable forest management.

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Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings

Protecting the Olive Ridley Turtle: The Story of the Dhamra Port

The story of the Dhamra Port was one of the IUCN Business collaborations highlighted at Business Week. The engagement was a challenging one that inspired much debate within the Indian conservation community. It was also a trailblazer that has clearly demonstrated that industry and conservation can collaborate and solve together more than they could each solve independently.

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View a brochure of all the collaborations presented


Setting the standard – industry leaders talk sustainability

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) aims to foster responsible resource management of aluminium through the entire value-chain, by developing a standard that defines the practices required to drive environmental, social and governance improvements across the supply chain. A year after it was launched we speak to some of its members.

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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Ask an Expert

Bringing biodiversity to the forefront of business decisions

One of the key discussions at IUCN Business Week was how to use IUCN knowledge and tools. We caught up with Martin Sneary, from the IUCN Washington office, on the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT). We asked him the following questions:

Why is IBAT such an innovative tool?
What drives the demand for IBAT?
How have companies been using IBAT?
Can you give some examples of companies successfully using IBAT?


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Martin Sneary
IUCN-Marriott MOU signing and press conference in Bangkok, 19 September 2013

Marriott agreement signed in Bangkok

IUCN and Marriott International have launched a partnership to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bang Krachao and areas in the South potentially to include Mai Khao, Tai Muang and Khao Lak.

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Update on World Forum on Natural Capital

A video featuring Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN, explaining  why Natural Capital is important is now available on the World Forum on Natural Capital website. Several other IUCN representatives are speaking at the event alongside impressive list of speakers.

As IUCN is an Associate partner IUCN members are entitled to a special delegate discount.Details are available on the event's dedicated IUCN page.

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Natural Capital Forum
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3GF Third Global Green Growth Forum

Third Global Green Growth Forum

The third Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) aims to be a platform for developing new or enhancing existing public-private partnerships for promoting green growth. With an overall focus on improving resource efficiencies in the value chain, the event will also focus on the following thematic areas: energy, water, food and greening the value chain.

October 21 - 22, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Third Green Industry Conference

Third Green Industry Conference

The Third Green Industry Conference (GIC) will showcase success stories and consider policy challenges in the field of green industry across sectors and regions. The conference aims to increase understanding of how to achieve sustainable industrial development, demonstrate the commercial viability of green practices and policies and facilitate a network of green industry leaders.

November 7 - 9, 2013 Guangzhou, China
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UNEP Finance Initiative 2013 Global Roundtable

By Invite Only: UNEP Finance Initiative 2013 Global Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) 2013 Global Roundtable will convene under the theme "Financing the Future We Want: China, Emerging Markets and the World Economy," and will be attended by high-level representatives from financial institutions, governments, regulators, civil society, academia and the scientific community to galvanize action on sustainable finance.

Beijing, China, November 12 - 13, 2013
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The Natural Capital Forum

2013 World Forum on Natural Capital

The inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital will be the first major global conference devoted exclusively to turning the debate on natural capital accounting into action.
21-22 November 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Responsible Business Forum On Sustainable Development

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The Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development will bring together business leaders, NGOs and policy-makers from around Southeast Asia to discuss commitments and policy recommendations to increase sustainability across seven sectors – agriculture & forestry, palm oil, consumer goods, mining, financial services, building & urban infrastructure and energy.

25 - 26 November 2013, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

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Registration closed: IPBES 2

The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will address, inter alia: the initial work programme of the Platform; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform, including for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel.

9 - 14 December 2013, Antalya, Turkey

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East, and a significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation. The 2014 programme will feature a series of complementary events, conferences and exhibitions including: World Future Energy Summit (WFES), The International Water Summit; The Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference; The Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony; The International Renewable Energy Agency meeting; and Ecowaste.

18 - 24 January 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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IUCN Panel provides recommendations to help restore the Niger Delta

Niger Delta Panel Report

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. The report presents a detailed set of recommendations for appropriate techniques for addressing oil spills in specific ecozones of the region.

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New TEEB Natural Capital Legislation study

Globe Natural Capital Legislation Study

The study, published by the GLOBE International, is a comprehensive research project that audits national capacities, policies and ongoing processes towards the implementation of full natural capital accounting across a range of eight countries representative of every region in the world. 

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Towards a Green Economy in Europe: EU Environmental Policy Targets and Objectives 2010–2050

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The 'green economy' has emerged as a priority in policy debate in recent years. But what does the concept mean in practice and how can decision-makers measure progress towards this strategic goal? This report provides some answers, presenting a detailed overview of the key objectives and targets in EU environmental policy and legislation for the period 2010 to 2050.

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OECD publishes report "Scaling-up Finance Mechanisms for Biodiversity"

OECD Scaling Up Finance Mechanisms For Biodiversity

This report examines six mechanisms that can be used to scale-up financing for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and to help meet the 2011-20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The mechanisms are environmental fiscal reform, payments for ecosystem services, biodiversity offsets, green markets, biodiversity in climate change funding, and biodiversity in international development finance.

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Business Guide to Water Valuation: an introduction to concepts and techniques

WBCSD Business Guide to Water Valuation

This Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. The intention is to arm business managers with the knowledge and critical eye needed to work with valuation specialists. The Guide will also serve a wider audience interested in water valuation to facilitate consistency in use of approaches and terminology for future water valuation studies.

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