Starting off talks on environmental conservation the World Conservation Union (IUCN) called for a change of attitude among conservationists and corporates to enable sustainable development in Asia.
The IUCN conference on regional conservation issues kicked off its first session in Colombo on Tuesday laying emphasis on the role of businesses and industries in environmental conservation. rn
rnAddressing the Conference, IUCN President, Yolanda Kakabadse, said that sustainable development requires greater participation by the private sector.rn
rn ldblquote We need to recognise that businesses are stakeholders in natural resource management and development and while they are part of the problem, they are also part of the solution,
dblquote said Kakabadse. rn
rnFuture IUCN programmes on poverty alleviation and conservation will therefore encourage private sector participation.rn
rnThe IUCN is one of the largest Non-Governmental organisations in the world and is the only other NGO given observer s