Cemex and BirdLife Europe have issued a statement in support of the EU’s Nature Conservation Policy. A small ceremony was held at BirdLife Europe’s headquarters in Brussels, which was attended by the EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. Among other points, the joint statement:
- Recognises the importance of EU nature legislation in establishing a continent-wide level playing field, as well as in helping companies improve their environmental performance.
- Acknowledges the positive role that leading businesses can play in the preservation and management of Natura 2000 sites and the conservation of biodiversity.
- Calls for strengthening strategic land planning, public consultation procedures, and requests the EU and its member states to enact sweeping public procurement policies.
In his opening remarks, the EU Environment Commissioner noted that: “Effective protection and management of Natura 2000 areas is key for halting and reversing biodiversity loss in the EU. This can only be done with the active engagement not only of conservationists but also of people and businesses present on the areas. I warmly welcome the joint statement and partnership of Cemex and BirdLife on the EU Nature directives and Natura 2000 as an excellent example that economic growth can go hand-in-hand with the need to protect and restore our valuable natural heritage.”
Cemex and BirdLife have been involved in a global partnership since 2007.
“Enlightened regulation drives industry innovation, and innovation drives everything at Cemex,” said Ignacio Madridejos, President of Cemex Northern Europe. “Cemex’s global partnership with BirdLife enhances our ability to effectively and sensitively manage biodiversity, while proactively responding to regulatory needs through our relationships with BirdLife’s network of international partners.”
Angelo Caserta, BirdLife Regional Director, closed the ceremony in Brussels, stating: “The EU provides world-class legislation for the protection of biodiversity. It offers what nature and industry need: a long-term perspective, clear rules that are respected by all, and science-driven implementation. Today’s statement is a significant milestone for the global partnership between Cemex and BirdLife International, adding an important policy dimension to the extensive work carried out on the ground.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/europe-cis/27052014/cemex_and_birdlife_support_eu_nature_directives_247/