July 2010
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Using cement to strengthen conservation

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Nigeria and UniCem, one of the country's leading cement manufacturers, are working together to protect Cross River National Park, a renowned biodiversity hotspot and Nigeria's most important protected area.

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Bringing a business voice to the biodiversity negotiations

IUCN and WBCSD brought together several businesses to input into and strengthen the IUCN position papers going into the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which will take place in Nagoya, Japan this October.

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COP10 to the Convention on Biological Diversity, October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

On the path to a sustainable future

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) latest report "Vision 2050: The new agenda for business" outlines what is required to put the planet back on a sustainable path.

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Feedback mechanism on Private Sector Engagement

To address concerns that have been raised by our constituency about IUCN's private sector engagements, the IUCN Secretariat has established a grievance procedure as a means of receiving, recording and responding to grievances.

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Responsible biofuels and beyond

During the recent Convention on Biological Diversity meetings in Nairobi, IUCN and WWF convened an event on how to safeguard biodiversity in the face of rapidly expanding biofuel markets.

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Stepping up to the European biodiversity challenge

The IUCN Regional Office for Pan Europe (RofE) is using the momentum gained through the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity to emphasize the importance of integrating business and biodiversity.

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Stepping up to the european biodiversity challenge

Business engagement for biodiversity in Japan

To show their support for biodiversity conservation, Japanese businesses and government agencies have announced a new multi-stakeholder initiative. The "Japan Business and Biodiversity Partnership" aims to scale-up and broaden private sector engagement towards the Convention on Biological Diversity COP10 in Nagoya, Japan.

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> More information
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Business engagement for biodiversity in Japan

Towards a biodiversity strategy for Vattenfall

IUCN is helping Vattenfall, a major energy provider in Europe, to address their biodiversity and ecosystem issues by advising them on their biodiversity strategy.

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Towards a biodiversity strategy for Vattenfall

Welcome to the biosphere economy

The "Biosphere Economy" promises to herald a process of change as profound as the Industrial Revolution where the economy will be linked to biodiversity to yield sustainable solutions.

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Welcome to the biosphere economy

Gerard Bos

Gerard Bos In the last four years, Holcim and IUCN have worked together to build a better understanding of biodiversity in the building materials sector. Gerard Bos, IUCN's relationship manager at Holcim, talks about Holcim's participation in the new IUCN Conservation Centre and the relationship with IUCN as a whole.
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IUCN and Rio Tinto sign an agreement

Rio Tinto Utah Site Visit On July 12th, IUCN and Rio Tinto, a leading international mining group, will begin their collaboration to improve biodiversity and land use management in the company's operations.
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Arborvitae - Forest Finance

This latest issue of Arborvitae, IUCN's Forest Programme Newsletter, focuses on forest finance, and specifically on payments for ecosystem services (PES), REDD-plus, TEEB, investment and much more.
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On the Move

Business and Biodiversity Programme's Annual report for 2009
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Global Biodiversity Outlook 3

A major new assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the impacts of its loss.
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13 July

Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium London, UK


14-17 July

International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Tropical Forests
Quito, Ecuador


23-27 August

Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Development - Establishing Links Across Frontiers
Avignon, France


14-15 September

CSR Asia Summit 2010
Hong Kong


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Photo credits © Using cement: Mary Gartshore ; Gerard Bos: IUCN ; IUCN and Rio Tinto: Keith Wheeler ; Bringing a business: CBD ; On the path: WBCSD ; Feedback: Dreamtime ; Responsible biofuels: RSB ; Stepping up: EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform ; Business engagement: IUCN Photo Library ; Towards a biodiversity: IUCN ; Welcome to the biosphere economy: Volans.