Industry conservation action: “Leaders for Nature”

The Leaders for Nature initiative, managed by the IUCN National Committee in the Netherlands has enabled the development of action plans on global biodiversity and ecosystems by those Dutch companies that are members of the initiative.  In the coming years, we expect that these action plans will be turned into long-term commitments and cooperation between the companies, IUCN and its Members.

While Leaders for Nature has started in the Netherlands, many of the member companies are global enterprises, and similar initiatives have started in India and are under consideration in other European countries.  We are currently carrying out a review of European Business and Biodiversity initiatives to determine what is going on throughout Europe, and to advise the European Commission about the future of its European Business and Biodiversity Platform.  The initial results of the study will be presented at the Business and Economy Pavilion during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju on 10 September from 14:30 to 15:30, followed by a presentation of Leaders for Nature.  http://iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/europe/europe_at_the_congress/pavilions/

During an interactive “Leaders for Nature” workshop at the Congress on 9 September at 11:00, examples will be presented from different conservation group working together with the private sector to achieve biodiversity conservation goals.  Central questions addressed in this workshop include: what has been done, what has worked and what we have learned?  Following initial presentations, there will be a discussion with participants on how to move to action.

This 9 September event is organized by the IUCN National Committee in the Netherlands, in partnership with IUCN National Committees in France and India, the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, and IUCN Regional Offices for Europe and Asia.

The event follows the IUCN-World Business Council for Sustainable Development Business Think Tank at the congress on the afternoon of 8 September, which is focusing on enabling policies.

Lots of private sector activities at the IUCN Congress!

Hans

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