Biodiversity Partnerships Case Studies
The British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership (BATBP) is
a consortium of four NGOs - Earthwatch Europe, Fauna & Flora
International, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Tropical Biology Association
with British American Tobacco working together Contribute to the
conservation of global biodiversity by building a portfolio of activities
that assist countries where the Partners operate in meeting their
obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Through the partnership, each of the partners’ own ability
to manage biodiversity is also enhanced.
The programme of activities covers a range of projects including:
• Training of biologists in the Africa region in order to
increase local capacity in biodiversity research and conservation
(Tropical Biology Association - TBA)
• Training the African science and conservation community
in field research skills (Earthwatch Institute (Europe))
• Aiding the further development and strengthening of the
regional non-governmental organisation (NGO), the East African Wild
Life Society (EAWLS) (Flora and Fauna International – FFI)
• Collecting seeds in three focal countries (Egypt, Jordan,
Lebanon) supporting the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in Sussex.
(Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (RBG, Kew)).
• Working with British American Tobacco (BAT) on their corporate
Progress on the activities of the partnership were reported at the
International Stakeholder Reporting Event in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Industry Nature Conservation Association (INCA) was founded
in 1989. INCA works with companies, nature conservation agencies
and statutory authorities operating in the River Tees corridor to
ensure that the growth of industry and commerce occurs in partnership
with nature conservation and to enhance the natural environment
and ecological diversity of Teesside.
By informing businesses operating locally, INCA has been able to
work with its members to meet environmental legislative requirements
and to promote sustainable operational practices across a variety
of industries. Membership represents a contribution to the sustainable
development of the Tees Valley and the positive reputation generated
for the area by INCA.
INCA has a small team of specialists and access to a wide range
of other experts and has a core of experience in ecology, the process
industry and the regional planning regime.
INCA also funds various monitoring programmes including the Tees
Seals Programme and maintains an ecological database covering species,
habitats and protected sites in the river corridor.
The INCA model for engagement with the industrial sector on biodiversity
and ecological issues has proved so successful on Teesside that
a sister body - Humberside Industry Nature Conservation Association
(HINCA) - was recently launched.
The North-East Biodiversity Partnership in Scotland is a local
biodiversity partnership which has set up a Business and Biodiversity
Project that works with over a dozen companies. A Business Adviser
is employed promote biodiversity action by businesses, which can
bring a range of benefits to companies and nature conservation alike.
The LBAP has produced a Business and Biodiversity in North East
Scotland booklet (2002), which highlights best practice examples
in the area, and is currently producing a range of Advice Notes
outlining more ideas on how businesses can get involved in action
Photo Credit: Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI Mountain
Gorillas Project (BAT