Our partnership with Cargill is focused on creating information tools that would enable better project management for the protection of biodiversity. Through this project, CI and Cargill worked together as part of a larger NGO and industry initiative develop the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Business, an interactive, on-line biodiversity data information tool that provides project managers around the globe with easy access to information on biodiversity priority areas to help inform decision-making processes around new, contemplated and existing operations. Launched in October 2008 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Spain, IBAT for Business represented the first major output of the IBAT Alliance to facilitate integration of conservation priorities within project development and management decisions. In 2011, Cargill renewed their support to IBAT by becoming an official subscriber to the tool.
In 2006, CI began a collaboration with Cargill on generating data and identifying best practices to support environmental management activities within agricultural landscapes. One component of this project centered around better understanding and protecting the habitat requirements of the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly (QABB), a globally endangered species. Data from this research informed regional QABB conservation plans and identified potential actions that could be taken to support conservation of the species. Within another palm oil palm plantation, Milne Bay Estates (MBE), CI-Cargill partnership activities focused on understanding the effects of plantation runoff on marine ecosystems
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