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Cemex UK’s deep blue sea

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
2012 July August
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Deep blue sea
Another of the book's pictures. (©OctavioAburto)

The 19th book in a series putting the spotlight on conservation issues has just been published

Abook on marine ecosystems conservation is the latest in a series of conservation-based books developed over the last 19 years.

Since 1993 building materials company Cemex UK, has, in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, published a new book every year to put the spotlight on different conservation issues.

Now the company and Conservation International Europe have presented their book, Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet, at a Royal Society reception in London, England.

The book, which has also been developed in association with the International League of Conservation Photographers and other conservation bodies, outlines life’s dependency on a healthy ocean.

Through analysis from renowned marine scientists and with over 150 images by leading photographers, the book aims to offer innovative and creative solutions to the many threats facing marine ecosystems, say the publishers.

Oceans was presented to more than 100 guests, including Members of Parliament (MPs), civil servants, community partners, environmentalists and commercial representatives at a reception, where The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury also spoke about the importance of public and private partnership working to protect and enhance the environment.

Director of Conservation International, Jean-Philippe Palasi, who presented the book at the event said: “By learning and understanding more about our oceans and their influence on climate, freshwater cycling, food security and human health, we will be in a stronger position to create policies that protect their landscapes and services, which are critical to our society.”

Cemex, one of the world’s largest producers of aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and other building products, says it is committed to sustainable development.

President of CEMEX UK, Jesus Gonzalez, said: “The conservation book initiative is integral to CEMEX’s sustainability strategy. In a world characterised by an expanding population, increasing urbanisation, growing demand for natural resources and a changing climate, the only future we can possibly aim for is a sustainable one.

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Ocean Shot of Starfish
One of the shots from Oceans. (©Thomas P. Peschak)
“CEMEX aims to do this by helping to define and support a sustainable construction industry, and by working with all our stakeholders and committing to the long-term.

“On a more local scale, we want to help build a Greater Britain, which is prosperous, but promotes responsible growth.”

For the first time in the history of the series, this book is available as a download for Ipad and Android.

Conservation International is a not-for-profit environmental organisation which is headquartered in Virginia, USA, and its mission is to protect nature and its biodiversity for the benefit of humanity.

It has more than 900 employees in more than 30 offices worldwide and since its inception in 1987 it has contributed to the protection of more than 260 million acres of land and sea, including places such as the Phoenix Island Protected Area, the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world.

The International League of Conservation Photographers is also a not-for-profit organisation which seeks to further environmental and cultural conservation through communication initiatives aimed at creating vital content and disseminating conservation messages to a wide variety of audiences.

Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet is by Gregory S. Stone, Russell A. Mittermeier, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Claudio Campagna, Kent E. Carpenter, Laurence P. Madin, David Obura, Enric Sala, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, Sebastian Troeng and Peter A. Seligmann with a foreword by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The series editor is Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier and the book is available in English and Spanish.

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