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12 Mar
By: Ferdinand Musungu 0

PRIVATE SECTOR CONTRIBUTION TO BIODIVERSITY MAINSTREAMING

Sustainable Inclusive Business team met with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) representatives on 11th March 2020 at KEPSA offices. The objective of the meeting was to identify areas in which the private sector can contribute and participate in mainstreaming biodiversity.

Sustainable Inclusive Business team was represented by the Project Director, Ms. Karin Boomsma, Program Manager, Mr. Ebenezer Amadi and Project Officer, Ms. Stella Ndirangu. The IUCN team was represented by Lead Natural Resources Economist, Mr. Philippe Puydarrieux, Development Coordinator, Ms. Kaori Yasuda and Senior Project Officer, Ms. Florence Curet.

The BioDev project by IUCN targets to stop biodiversity decline by 2030 by promoting sectoral commitments to rescue biodiversity. The project will include stakeholders from the government, private sector, civil society, and local communities. The pilot which is being implemented in 16 countries, aims to provide a platform to track threats to biodiversity, identify threat management actions and implement restoration efforts. Eventually, the intention is to develop a platform where all stakeholders can make voluntary commitments to protect, restore or improve biodiversity. The platform will also offer a means to track and monitor the stakeholders’ contributions.

As the private sector in Kenya puts together data in readiness for their participation in the Voluntary National Report on contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is an evident need to find synergy with like-minded partners. The private sector is keen to restore or improve biodiversity through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives like planting trees and awareness creation.

The Sustainable Inclusive Business team commitment to continue working with IUCN with a purpose to include and represent private sector partners through the development of this project and track the private sector’s contribution and commitment to improving, protecting and restoring biodiversity.

Sustainable Inclusive Business team was represented by the Project Director, Ms. Karin Boomsma, Program Manager, Mr. Ebenezer Amadi and Project Officer, Ms. Stella Ndirangu. The IUCN team was represented by Lead Natural Resources Economist, Mr. Philippe Puydarrieux, Development Coordinator, Ms. Kaori Yasuda and Senior Project Officer, Ms. Florence Curet.

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