Climate change is likely to become the key driver of global biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. At the same time, biodiversity and ecosystems are critical for climate regulation and contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Such contributions include the removal of carbon from the atmosphere (carbon capture), regulation of water flows, and mitigation of extreme weather events. As such, we consider our longstanding commitment to biodiversity conservation to be an important component of our overall approach to addressing climate change and vice versa.


For instance, deforestation contributes nearly 20 percent of the overall greenhouse gas emissions. CEMEX is attentive to policy approaches such as REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), which provides incentives for reducing deforestation, promotes biodiversity conservation, and generates credits to offset CO2 emissions.

In addition to the responsible land management related to our extractive operations, we are engaged in several initiatives for the broader conservation of the environment. As part of these efforts, we have built relationships with leading global conservation organizations, universities, governments, and communities. These partnerships provide strategic guidance, improve our understanding of biodiversity issues, and help us better address them on a global and local level.

One of our key initiatives in this area is our conservation book series helping to raise awareness of and advance biodiversity conservation among a broad cross-section of stakeholders.

Conservation book series

This series, which we have published since 1993, is part of our commitment to promote among our stakeholders a culture of biodiversity awareness and conservation, as well as to raise awareness of the interconnected nature of biodiversity and climate change. We publish a new book each year that illustrates strategies and diverse approaches to foster the protection of our natural world and is complemented by powerful images from the world's best nature photographers. We have distributed these books through public and private sectors as well as universities, where they are used as a reference tool by experts in several fields. We have donated thousands of the books to conservation organizations to help them fund their projects.





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A Gift of Nature: 20 Years of Conservation & Phot

This book is special as it commemorates 20 years of CEMEX actively contributing to the world's most relevant Conservation efforts; a visionary initiative launched when global awareness of Sustainability was still in its infancy.  View

CEMEX - Building a sustainable future

At CEMEX we have developed a sustainability model that is embedded in our business strategy and day-to-day operations. Learn more about the model and see examples that illustrate our level of effort and investment in leading our industry by building a sustainable future, today.  View

Building the Future
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