Biodiversity Management System (BMS) for Holcim

Karst hills in Hong Chong

Project title: Implementation of the Biodiversity Management System (BMS) for the Holcim Vietnam Ltd Hon Chong cement plant

Location: Kien Giang Province, Viet Nam

Duration: 2009-2015

Project background: Viet Nam is one of the biodiversity hotspots in Southeast Asia and is currently recognised as a country with a high proportion of rare and endemic species at the regional and global level. With almost three decades of economic development, Viet Nam is facing many environmental challenges including deforestation; depletion of natural resources; water, soil and air pollution in the urban and rural areas; and the impacts of climate change.

As a large-footprint and resource-intensive industry, the cement and aggregates sector is one of IUCN’s priorities for business engagement. Engaging with the building materials sector is also central to IUCN’s work to promote a green economy and sustainable development.

IUCN and Holcim have been working together since 2007 to strengthen biodiversity management within Holcim’s operations. The partnership also contributes to sector-wide improvements in the cement and related sectors.

One major outcome of the IUCN-Holcim Phase 1 global agreement (2007-2010) was the development of a BMS to guide the systematic integration of biodiversity considerations into Holcim’s cement and aggregate operations worldwide.

Under the global collaboration, Holcim and IUCN Viet Nam agreed on a four-year partnership from 2009 to 2012. The major outputs were the preparation of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) in 2012 for Holcim’s Hon Chong cement plant and an annual summer campaign for all of Holcim’s cement and grinding plants.

In 2013, in order to continue implementing the BAP, both IUCN and Holcim agreed to continue the partnership until 2015.

Objectives of the project:

  • Strengthen biodiversity conservation management within Holcim’s sites and surrounding areas
  • Explore, identify and develop joint local initiatives of mutual interest and benefits, particularly those supporting sustainable livelihoods and biodiversity conservation
  • Promote good practice by sharing lessons learned with the wider industry and local conservation communities

To address the above issues, implementing partners have proposed to develop and implement a BAP, which aims to address biodiversity risks and identify opportunities for biodiversity enhancement on Holcim’s sensitive sites. Moreover, the BAP should propose actions to safeguard biodiversity of the project site and thus include several components related to conservation planning and implementing, training and communications, among others.


  • Developed HVL Hon Chong Biodiversity Action Plan
  • Conducted a baseline survey of invertebrates in Hon Chong-Ha Tien limestone hills, and
  • Provided technical assistance to HVL Viet Nam Biodiversity Management System (BMS)
  • Supported the establishment of the Kien Luong Nature Reserve

Donor: Holcim Vietnam Ltd (HVL)

Partners: Kien Giang Provincial People’s Committee (PPC); Kieng Giang Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE); Kien Giang Department of Sciences and Technology (DOST); and Southern Institute of Ecology (SIE)   

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