IUCN and the HOLCIM Group have worked together on a global scale since 2007. Its biggest achievement has been the development of a biodiversity management system (BMS) that applies to company operations around the world. Recently, the company signed a new agreement, covering 2012 to 2014, to implement this system.

In South America, IUCN agreed to collaborate with HOLCIM Ecuador in three areas: advice and monitoring of the implementation of the BMS, and within this, a Biodiversity Action Plan; support for capacity-building for local stakeholders about the importance of biodiversity; and follow-up on policies and regulations related to biodiversity.

HOLCIM’s action plan aims to improve biodiversity conservation through reforestation and revegetation of native species from ecosystems that border the business’s operation sites. The expectation is to restore natural conditions to achieve reintegration of native fauna to the area.