INSEE Group signs MOU with IUCN to enrich biodiversity in Asian quarries


From Left to Right: Wilailak Suraphruk, Jake Brunner, Head of Indo-Burma Group of IUC, Dr.TP Singh, Deputy Asia Regional Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Paul Heinz Hugentobler Chairman of the Board of Directors of Siam City Cement Public Company Limited (SCCC); Siva Mahasandana Director and CEO of SCCC, Aidan Lynam, CEO of Chip Mong INSEE Cement Corporation and Phatchada Muenthong.

To enrich and further strengthen its on-going ecofriendly stance in the Asian region, Siam City Cement City Group, its fully owned subsidiary known in Sri Lanka as INSEE Cement, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently.

The MOU signed at the Siam City Cement Headquarters in Bangkok sealed a three-year partnership that aims to protect limestone hills in the group’s quarrying sites in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to turn the limestone quarrying sites into forests through rehabilitation programmes.

IUCN’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature. The organization founded in 1948 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a network of members in government agencies, international and national non-governmental organizations and affiliates.

In Sri Lanka, the MOU will strengthen INSEE Cement’s capacity to rescue and release threatened wildlife, prepare mine restoration guidelines and carry out annual ecological monitoring of restored mines in INSEE Cement’s quarry sites in Aruwakkalu and Puttalam.

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