AstraZeneca stresses commitment to tackling climate change, biodiversity loss

AstraZeneca stresses commitment to tackling climate change, biodiversity loss
05 / 06 / 2024
By Marwa Nassar - -

AstraZeneca (AZ) underlined its commitment to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss on the World Environment Day.

Climate change and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest challenges of the current time – because AstraZeneca knows that supporting a healthy environment is critical to the health of people, society, and the planet. Natural resources, and the benefits that humans receive from nature, are also essential to produce our medicines and operate its sites.

Through water stewardship and reforestation AstraZeneca is taking action to help restore landscapes and enhance ecological resilience. It is also collaborating with its peers in the pharmaceutical sector to develop a new Roadmap to Nature Positive for the pharmaceutical sector, to accelerate the business contribution towards the societal goal of nature positive.

AZ Forest aims to plant 200 million trees:
Through AZ Forest, the company is working in partnership with experts focused on landscape restoration and local communities, to plant and maintain 200 million trees across six continents by 2030.

AZ Forest focuses on natural forest restoration, restoration of regraded agricultural land, and agroforestry.
Projects are designed to maximize the co-benefits of reforestation, including supporting sustainable livelihoods, building local climate resilience, protecting and restoring biodiversity and reducing the risk of natural disasters, such as floods and landslides.

The company is implementing AZ Forest programs in India, Uganda and Kenya.

Under AZ Forest India – Regeneration Meghalaya, the company will plant and maintain an estimated 64 million trees, in collaboration with Earthbanc, Earthtree, Worldview Impact (India) and Hill Farmers Shiitake Mushroom Co-op Society.

The regenerative horticulture and agriculture project will plant many of the indigenous tree and plant species suitable for farmers to sustainably produce foods, fiber, and essential oils.

The project is the largest in a network of Circular Bioeconomy Alliance’s (CBA) “Living Labs for Nature, People and Planet”, a series of initiatives that follow a framework for sustainable, resilient and locally appropriate landscape regeneration, co-developed by the European Forest Institute (EFI), the CBA and AstraZeneca. Innovative AI technology and will enable monitoring of AZ Forest India tree planting targets, and in line with the UNCCD Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Global Mechanism, biophysical indicators such as biomass, soil organic carbon, land productivity and land cover are also being monitored.

“This is a wonderful example of private sector leadership and joined up thinking in land stewardship. Earthbanc and its partners are fighting climate change and delivering for people and the land at the same time. The project’s strong focus on developing sustainable value chains that ensure farmers’ livelihoods will also mean land degradation stops as land cover, productivity and soil organic carbon all increase. Everyone benefits!” said Louise Baker, Managing Director of the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

As for AZ Forest Ghana – landscape restoration in Atebubu and Wiase, AstraZeneca is working together with the CBA, New Generation Plantation Technical Assistance (NGPTA) and other partners, to plant and ensure the survival of 4.7 million trees.

By the end of 2023, this “Living Lab”, had engaged 23 communities and planted over 3.8 million trees. Our science-led approach includes analysing environmental DNA (eDNA) in water samples to track the impact of natural forest restoration on freshwater biodiversity in the region.

AZ Forest Ghana will contribute to this year’s Green Ghana Day goal to plant 10 million trees across the country.

Water stewardship

A healthy environment includes protecting water sources. Through responsible management of water resources, protecting and enhancing water quality and balance, promoting efficient use and safeguarding ecosystems that rely on healthy water sources, the company is committed to preserving water for current and future generations.

As members of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), AstraZeneca supports the global movement to advance good water stewardship practices and is actively participating in Phase 1 of the AWS Impact Accelerator program, at its sites in Chennai and Bangalore to address shared water challenges. Through comprehensive catchment assessments and gap analysis reports it is laying the groundwork to meet the rigorous requirements of the AWS Standard.

The company’s Chennai and Bangalore sites have also embarked on local forestation efforts, planting over 32,000 indigenous saplings. This activity, which has increased green cover by four acres, supporting reduced air and noise pollution, creating carbon sinks and mitigating urban heat island effects, is in addition to reforestation activities under its global AZ Forest program.

Lead2030 Challenge

This World Environment Day, the company also wants to spotlight its 2024 Lead2030 Challenge grant winners, to young leaders driving landscape restoration and water stewardship.

Through his leadership of the Canopy Project, Ajay Mittal, co-founder of Kolkata Clean Air and a climate advocate and changemaker from India, has enabled the planting of two million mangroves in the fragile Sundarbans ecosystem, helping restore 160 hectares of degraded mangrove sites.

Dr. Eliezer Lappots-Abreu, President and Executive Director of Health Horizons International (HHI), has directed high-impact community development projects including improving access to clean water through a water filter project, as well as tree planting in the Dominican Republic.

The Lead2030 Challenge is the world’s largest prize fund for young leaders making an impact towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both of the company’s Lead2030 Challenge grant winners will each receive grants of $50,000 for their health equity projects, a fully-funded Scholarship to the One Young World Summit in Montréal and a year of mentorship from its leaders to support their development.

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