Biodiversity

Helping to preserve the planet’s ecosystems

Preserving the rich variety of life on earth is one of Toyota's priorities. We invest time and resources in conserving the planet's bountiful and beautiful flora and fauna. From small-scale local projects covering a few hectares, to more extensive collaborations that have a global significance and are helping to preserve and even improve the planet's ecosystem.

Industrial site becomes thriving nature reserve!

What’s this all about ?

We have taken a lead in the UK motor industry by establishing a partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew* to strengthen the ecological and environmental quality of our UK operations. This collaboration is transforming Toyota’s production sites and its national headquarters into thriving, sustainable habitats for plants and wildlife, supporting our global principle of working in harmony with the environment - Environmental Challenge #6.

*Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.

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Plants at the plants.

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Protecting plants from extinction

How is this possible?

Through the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. This is a world-leading initiative to collect, dry and store high-quality seed collections of plants at risk of extinction. It’s led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a world-famous scientific organisation that is internationally respected for its outstanding collection of living plants and its world-class herbarium. In addition, it has unrivalled scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.

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Seeds conserved in cold storage.

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Back to Nature in Belgium

What is it?

The Toyota Parts Centre Europe (TPCE) in Diest, Belgium is cooperating with its long-standing partner, the Flemish nature conservation organisation Natuurpunt, to transform parts of its site into a nature reserve. Els Leysen, Environmental Coordinator at TPCE, explains the project.

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Els Leysen, Environmental Coordinator at Toyota Parts Centre Europe, Diest (Belgium).

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“Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam”

What’s this about?

Toyota has financially supported a WWF project in the local community of Tiszatarján in north-east Hungary. It involves a community-based wetland conservation project alongside the Tisza river. The goal is to contribute in conservation of the area’s natural floodplain wetlands, grasslands and key species. At the same time the project increased awareness of ecosystem management practices and helped diversify local income streams through bioenergy generation.

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Wetland conservation alongside the Tisza river.

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“Sardines ... more important than cars!”

Sorry? Did I hear that correctly?

“Sardines ... more important than cars!” This is what Didier Leroy, TMC Executive Vice President, said in a speech to mark our partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Can it be true? What did he mean?

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The Orangutan is another animal at risk. (Picture courtesy of IUCN Photo Library_ David Sheppard)

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