International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated every year on 22 May to raise awareness about the value of biodiversity. This year's theme, "Our Solutions are in Nature", highlights that biodiversity is the key to unlock a more sustainable future. Considering this theme, the session on 'Working in Harmony with Nature' was organised to showcase different measures taken by IBBI business members to adopt nature-based solutions and their future action areas to work in harmony with nature.
Number of Participants: 55 members, including businesses, NGOs and Academia.
“Biodiversity should not be seen as an adjunct to businesses. It should rather be integrated in every core business philosophy. Nature is our biggest stakeholder and we should focus on its sustainable management, also understanding its importance to our business and healthy living.”
-Mr Kavinder Singh, IBBI Chair & MD & CEO, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts
“Indigenous people have rich heritage and traditions of preserving biodiversity. With a wider engagement with indigenous people, industry can contribute better for achieving National Biodiversity Targets.”
-Mr Pankaj Satija, Chief Regulatory Officer, Tata Steel Ltd
“Over the years, we have developed an ecozone in collaboration with the forest department and local community by planting native species on our own premises, which has enhanced the local biodiversity. We look forward to developing a long-term plan for identifying keystone species and monitor for maintaining the species diversity & healthy ecosystem on our site.
-Mr. Srinivasa C. K., Manager, Corporate Sustainability & Environment, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd.
“We have lot of programmes where we directly work with farmers and it is important for us to produce food safe crops as one of our main goals of sustainability and biodiversity implementation across supply chain. We are
helping farmers of Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot to address the issues of wild-life conflict and exist in harmony with nature”.
-Ms. Tara Mathew, Global Head, Sustainable Value Chain, Jayanti Group
“While we have advanced technologically and medically by successfully reducing the mortality rate, the number of outbreaks of infectious diseases continue to increase. Biodiversity plays an important role in controlling these outbreaks. We have to understand the interconnectedness between the two, so as to preserve nature and protect humans.”