5 Mar 2015

CEMEX commits to long-term nature conservation across continents with BirdLife

CEMEX are partnering with BirdLife in the Dominican Republic in work to look after Rhinoceros Iguana. Photo: Marcello Sega; Wikimedia Commons
By Charlie Butt

Since 2007, the global CEMEX-BirdLife partnership has recognised the mutual benefits for nature and business that conservation action within, and outside the quarry site, can bring.

This partnership is protecting globally important sites for nature such as Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas, linking-up species conservation across borders, and adding weight to BirdLife’s EU policy work; and – for CEMEX’s business – bringing better reputation, opportunities and relations with communities through BirdLife’s national Partners. Recent successes show why CEMEX and BirdLife have just signed a three-year global partnership renewal.

Current projects include the conservation of Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos with Pronatura (BirdLife in Mexico) via radio tracking to better understand their dispersal, and the enhancement of Sonoran Grassland Desert – prime Golden Eagle habitat which surrounds the quarry. CEMEX are also collaborating with the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and LPO (BirdLife in France) to link-up conservation of Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur, a migratory species whose western Flyway population is currently dropping at an alarming rate. Meanwhile in the Dominican Republic, the aim is to safeguard populations of the threatened Rhinoceros Iguana Cyclura cornata. By working together with the local community through Grupo Jaragua (BirdLife in the Dominican Republic), the project aims to stem the loss of the Iguana’s critical dry forest habitat, currently being degraded mainly because of illegal charcoal production.

In the last three years, CEMEX and BirdLife have released a joint statement in support of EU Nature Conservation Policy, set the framework for a CEMEX biodiversity strategy, trained and developed staff, and tested a pilot of the CEMEX-BirdLife Biodiversity Action Plan standard in each one CEMEX’s global regions.

Today, CEMEX has national relationships and partnerships with BirdLife Partners in Malaysia, Spain, the UK, France, the Czech Republic, Austria, Mexico, Colombia, the USA and the Dominican Republic. By working together they continue to demonstrate significant gains for both business and biodiversity.

BirdLife International’s new Chief Executive, Patricia Zurita, welcomed the partnership renewal, stating:

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“BirdLife’s partnership with CEMEX demonstrates the power of innovative business-NGO partnerships in terms of the on-the-ground delivery for Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas, nature and people. I am delighted with the successes of recent years, through both the national partnerships and biodiversity action plan projects. Now we are poised to take this longstanding partnership to the next level.”

Find out more about BirdLife's partnership with CEMEX