How to win over the private sector in environmental protection

IUCN's Mine Pabari shares the key to winning businesses over in the natural resources debate.

Protecting natural resources and the environment in Africa has become even more challenging over the past five years as many countries are slowly emerging from low-income status and increasingly focus on economic growth.

Slowly, though, the business case for environmental protection is making headway, International Union for Conservation of Nature Regional Program Coordinator Mine Pabari told Devex Associate Editor Richard Jones in this video interview on the sidelines of the Annual Democracy Forum 2014 co-organized by the government of Botswana and International IDEA in Gaborone, Botswana.

Pabari said a growing number of companies — most of them large multinational corporations — are starting to listen to conservation groups and showing interest in how to make their businesses more sustainable.

Watch the above clip to learn more about how organizations like IUCN are winning over the private sector, and what they are looking for — as well as avoiding — when seeking partners.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.