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IUCN World Conservation Congress: what the decisions mean for business

iucn-wcc-what-the-decisions-means-for-business-november-2016Endorsed by both governments and civil society, IUCN World Congress decisions likely reflect future trends for biodiversity conservation in regulation and safeguards, and in societal expectations. Our new Industry Briefing Note gets to grips with the far-reaching implications of the Congress.

Collectively, the decisions further strengthen the business case for effective biodiversity management – pointing to the need for leading businesses to focus on continuous improvement, and for lagging ones to adopt at least the basic elements of good practice.

IUCN World Conservation Congress presses for all protected areas to be ‘no go’

iucn_2016_logo_v_en_colour_high_res_178808 (1)We earlier reported that IUCN members called for a halt to industrial developments that could negatively affect any protected area or key biodiversity area. Read our analysis and digest of the implications of key decisions covering ‘no go’ areas for development and biodiversity offsets. For industry, the best counter-argument to blanket ‘no go’ provisions is to demonstrate with real examples that a case-by-case precautionary risk-management approach can achieve better conservation outcomes.