Will biodiversity be the next issue after climate change to be discussed in boardrooms of private companies? The IUCN Regional Office for Pan-Europe is working through its European Programme and Countdown 2010 initiative to increase the level and quality of private sector commitments towards biodiversity and helps to create platforms for businesses to engage on biodiversity.
This includes the European Business and Biodiversity Initiative launched under the Portuguese Presidency of the EU and the Dutch and Swiss initiatives ‘Leaders for Nature’. Companies which have made Countdown 2010 commitments range from Business Associations, to Small and Medium Size Enterprises to Multi-National Corporations include the European Aggregates Industry, HOLCIM and Delta Café.
- 12-13 November 2007: High Level Conference on Business and Biodiversity (Lisbon, Portugal)
Donors: Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape, Instituto da Conservação da Natureza
Timeline: January 2007 – December 2010
Contact at IUCN: Shulamit Alony