CEMEX commitment to World Heritage sites
Company helping international organizations create awareness of the world’s most precious natural sites
CEMEX have announced a joint project with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Conservation International, and The WILD Foundation to promote awareness of natural sites of great relevance to all mankind.
Iconic natural sites such as Galapagos Islands, the Okavango Delta, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Ha Long Bay and Yellowstone National Park, are recognized by UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, which seeks to promote co-operation among nations to identify the world’s most outstanding natural and cultural areas and conserve them for future generations.
The protection of these unique and diverse places requires great effort and represents a major challenge. Together with four conservation organizations, CEMEX have committed to building awareness about natural World Heritage sites, helping to promote and develop a culture of appreciation and respect for nature among their own stakeholders and, by extension, the global community.
As part of this effort, later this year CEMEX will release ‘Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage’ – the third volume of the company’s Nature Series which builds on the tradition of the CEMEX Conservation Series, a 20-volume collection of books that published its first volume in 1993. The book will include impressive images by some of the most respected conservation photographers in the world as well as descriptions of more than 100 natural sites which need to be protected.
‘UNESCO World Heritage sites are truly ‘the best of the best’ of our natural and cultural heritage, the world’s most iconic places that all of human society should strive to protect. In this new book, ‘Earth’s Legacy: Natural World Heritage’, we highlight the natural sites recognized by the World Heritage Convention and, through strong visual imagery, portray them in their full glory,’ said Dr Russell Mittermeier, executive vice-chair of Conservation International and chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group.
He added: ‘We are most grateful to CEMEX for once again producing such a high-quality book, the 23rd in their ongoing series on the wonders of the natural world.’
Fernando A. Gonzalez (pictured), chief executive officer of CEMEX, said: ‘We are pleased to work with these organizations and publish this compelling contribution to the conservation of natural World Heritage sites. Together we can make a significant contribution to discussions and actions that improve and preserve the biodiversity in every corner of the planet.’