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are key for nature

 

Business engagement

CHF 51M

value of IUCN projects with a business engagement component

Government engagement

100+

countries that have adopted or are developing biodiversity compensation or offset policies

Sustainable investment

 34 %

increase in global sustainable investment between 2016-2018


How we engage

In order to transform the way business values, manages and invests in nature, IUCN engages companies and key sectors to identify their impacts on biodiversity and create innovative solutions to address this challenge.


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  • Rural and indigenous women are particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, Maya Q'eqchi women from Guatemala learn about further sanitation protocols while sharing ancestral knowledge of natural medicines found in their forests and family garden Rural and indigenous women are particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, Maya Q'eqchi women from Guatemala learn about further sanitation protocols while sharing ancestral knowledge of natural medicines found in their forests and family gardens. Las mujeres rurales e indígenas son particularmente impactadas por la pandemia de COVID-19. Aquí mujeres, Maya Q’eqchí de Guatemala aprenden sobre los protocolos de saneamiento, al mismo tiempo que comparten conocimientos ancestrales sobre las medicinas naturales que se encuentran en sus bosques y huertos familiares. Photo: Asociacion Ak´Tenamit

    Strengthening indigenous rights and leadership in the face of global challenges - COVID-19, climate change and environmental degradation

    07.08.2020

    Around the world, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and deepened existing patterns of social inequality and vulnerability. In particular, indigenous peoples face disproportionate and severe impacts, reflecting long-standing disparities in...

  • Draft Guidelines now open for public comment Photo: IUCN

    Draft guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate biodiversity performance issued for public comment

    31.07.2020

    IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme and Species Survival Commission Species Monitoring Specialist Group, working with numerous colleagues in the business and conservations sectors, today shared draft Guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate...

  • Mangroves are an important but fragile ecosystem Sustainably managed mangroves can provide ecosystem services such as coastal protection, food and medicines as well as carbon storage, positively impacting both biodiversity and human well-being. The IUCN Global Standard for NbS provides a tool to help ensure that projects labelled as Nature-based Solutions - for example through restoration of mangroves - do indeed deliver the anticipated benefits to both society and biodiversity. Photo: Maxwell Ridgway / Unsplash

    IUCN Standard to boost impact of nature-based solutions to global challenges

    23.07.2020

    Gland, Switzerland, 23 July 2020 (IUCN) – IUCN today unveiled a Global Standard providing the first-ever set of benchmarks for nature-based solutions to global challenges. The new IUCN Global Standard will help governments, business and civil society ensure...

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Business operating in KBAs Photo: A.J. Prlumptre-WCS

Business and Key Biodiversity Areas

On behalf of the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Partners, IUCN has released new guidelines for businesses operating in KBAs. The development of these guidelines was made possible with the generous support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

 

IUCN-BMM partnership focuses on no net loss Photo: IUCN-Rachel Asante-Owusu

Black Mountain Mining

The IUCN-Black Mountain Mining (BMM) partnership is focused on assisting the company to meet its no net loss target for biodiversity within Gamsberg Zinc Mine operations. The Gamsberg Mine is located in Aggeneys in the Northern Cape, South Africa, and in the Succulent Karoo, a fragile and...
Mangroves are natural capital. Photo: IUCN-Imene Meliana

Business and Natural Capital

IUCN is a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, which has created a Natural Capital Protocol – a framework designed to help business identify, measure and value their impacts on natural capital.

 

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Thumbnail_Deep-sea mining Photo: IUCN

Deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining is the process of retrieving mineral deposits from the deep sea – the area of the ocean below 200 m which covers about 65% of the Earth’s surface.  There is growing interest...
Issues brief -  Palm oil and biodiversity Photo: IUCN

Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...
thumbnail_Marine plastics issues brief Photo: IUCN

Marine plastics

Plastic is a synthetic organic polymer made from petroleum with properties ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, building and construction, household and sports...
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