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Biodiversity: which challenges for industry?. Achim Steiner Director General The World Conservation Union (IUCN) International Environment Forum The World Environment Centre Island of Porquerolles, France 22-23 September 2005. The Red List Programme. Which species are in trouble?.

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Biodiversity which challenges for industry

Biodiversity: which challenges for industry?

Achim Steiner

Director General

The World Conservation Union (IUCN)

International Environment Forum

The World Environment Centre

Island of Porquerolles, France

22-23 September 2005


Biodiversity which challenges for industry

The Red List Programme


Which species are in trouble

Which species are in trouble?

Proportions threatened:

12% of birds

23% of mammals

32% of amphibians

25% of conifers

52% of cycads

The 2004 Red List contains 15,589 species threatened with extinction (CR, EN, VU)


The red list index for birds in different biogeographic realms

The Red List Index for birds in different biogeographic Realms


2004 global amphibian assessment

2004 Global Amphibian Assessment

A third of the 5,743 known species are categorised as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable (IUCN criteria).

Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis causes disease ‘chytridiomycosis’ which damages amphibian skins, blocking the passage of air and moisture. Other threats include viral diseases, habitat loss, drought, pollution, and hunting for food.

Calls to establish large-scale captive breeding programme. The cost of preserving amphibians from extinction may run into tens of millions of US dollars per year.


Millennium ecosystem assessment

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment


Land cover change

Land Cover Change


Forest fires in portugal 2005

Forest Fires in Portugal 2005


Flooding in europe 2005

Flooding in Europe 2005


Drought in north africa 2005

Drought in north Africa 2005


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Biodiversity: which challenges for industry?

  • Some Frontiers:

  • Markets for Ecosystem Services?

  • Biomimicry?

  • Restorative Enterprises?


Biodiversity which challenges for industry

Markets = ecosystem goods and services

Promoting Conservation and Advancing Community Livelihoods through Markets for Environmental Services.

The Katoomba Group seeks to address key challenges for developing markets for ecosystem services, from enabling legislation to establishing new market institutions, to developing strategies for pricing and marketing, and monitoring performance.

planet, as well as feed it.


Biodiversity which challenges for industry

Orb-weaver spider silk -  New fibre manufacturing technique

Abalone mussel -lightweight but fracture-resistant - tougher than anything we can manufacture!

Barbs on weed seeds – best known biomimetic invention.


Biodiversity which challenges for industry

Hibernating bears - clues to fighting diabetes.

Cell membranes - Super filters- for desalination and chemical separation devices.

Leaves, chlorophyll and enzymes: the "photosynthetic reaction centers" - clues to energy chemistry


Nature as a model for business

“Nature as a Model for Business”?

…..key elements of a new generation of enterprises will be radically different from those of our contemporary modern industrial economy…..


Biodiversity which challenges for industry

Our Vision: “To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People, process, product, place and profits — by 2020 — and in doing so we will become restorative through the power of influence.”

Our Mission: « ……We will honor the places where we do business by endeavoring to become the first name in industrial ecology, a corporation that cherishes nature and restores the environment. Interface will lead by example and validate by results, including profits, leaving the world a better place than when we began, and we will be restorative through the power of our influence in the world."

«  Restorative Enterprises »


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