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Our customers' stories


"Regularly updated, geographically specific information on biodiversity is key to help us assess risks, and prioritise actions"

Olam International is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 19,800 customers worldwide. Olam’s value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a sourcing network of an estimated 4.8 million farmers. Through their purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all Olam’s stakeholders. Regeneration of the Living World is a priority in Olam’s sustainability framework and IBAT data is used to screen for biodiversity risks in supply chains.


"IBAT has been an essential tool to help Evonik understand our biodiversity risks and opportunities on-site"

Denis Sepoetro, Evonik.

Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies. The chemical sector plays a key role in a sustainable future. Biodiversity has been included in our materiality analysis since 2017. We are aware that our business operations involve both opportunities and risks for biodiversity. Based on data from IBAT, we are able to examine and mitigate the potential impact of our global sites on areas significant for biodiversity – and have reported on this in our last two sustainability reports.


As GIS becomes all-pervasive with millions across the world using maps every day, TomTom is working with IBAT to raise awareness of the world’s protected areas through including parts of the World Database on Protected Areas in the TomTom Maps product. TomTom is the leading independent location technology specialist, shaping tomorrow’s mobility with highly accurate maps, navigation software, traffic and services. Headquartered in Amsterdam with offices in 30 countries, TomTom’s technologies are trusted by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

"The World Database on Protected Areas is a valuable addition to TomTom’s existing maps allowing people to locate and visualize protected areas such as nature reserves and national parks." explains Stefaan Follens, Partner Development Manager at TomTom.

The Biodiversity Consultancy

"We view IBAT as an essential tool for developments to screen for biodiversity risks."

Senior Principal Consultant, Dr Edward Pollard.

Founded in 2006, The Biodiversity Consultancy (TBC) has become a key player in the world of business and biodiversity. They work globally across sectors towards an ecologically sustainable future by tackling complex biodiversity challenges and delivering positive outcomes for business and nature. TBC’s clients include Shell, Rio Tinto, Olam, UNDP, IUCN, World Bank and IFC. High quality biodiversity data is an essential aspect of TBC’s work and IBAT is used by TBC for high-level and early stage risk screening for their clients. TBC use the new Pay As You Go functionality to access biodiversity data on behalf of their clients.

Rainforest Trust

"Rainforest Trust relies on IBAT as a central repository of information to support our mission to purchase and protect the world’s most threatened tropical rainforests. The spatial data that IBAT makes available are the foundation of our decision-making as an organization.

"For example, we use the IUCN range map data provided by IBAT to identify high priority sites for increasing threatened species representation within our global protected area network, and to evaluate the potential impact of projects proposed by our conservation partners. In combination with the WDPA and KBA datasets that IBAT provides, these metrics also help us identify areas in the tropics that will likely benefit threatened species and are currently unprotected."

Erin McCreless
Conservation Science and Monitoring Specialist at Rainforest Trust

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) uses IBAT data to inform their Biodiversity Impact Metric. The metric assesses how a business’s supply chains affect nature and was developed in collaboration with companies from CISL’s Natural Capital Impact Group, leading NGOs and academics. As part of the development process, the range rarity layer was created, allowing a simple way to assess the relative importance of biodiversity in different sourcing locations.

The metric is an ideal entry-level approach that allows a company to undertake a rapid risk-screening of its sourcing in order to identify where the greatest impacts are likely to occur, thereby helping to prioritise further investigations and interventions and reduce company exposure to biodiversity impacts.

General Motors

General Motors (GM) are internationally renowned for their innovation and sustainability leadership, and use IBAT as a tool in their environmental goals.

Their corporate sustainability leadership ensures they are included on The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the organisation has a 20 year strong record of improving energy efficiency in offices and factories around the world.

Susan Kelsey, Global Biodiversity Programme Manager at General Motors explains how IBAT is helping GM achieve their goals: "I use IBAT to look for key biodiversity areas, alliance for zero extinction areas and IUCN areas within 1 km and 10 km of our manufacturing sites. I use IBAT as a research tool to pull information to look where we can improve the environment around us and to be aware of where there may be issues near us"

US Army

The US Army's contingency bases allow for a rapid response in a joint area of operations. However, they they inevitably have an impact on the surrounding built, natural and social environments. It is therefore critical that the Army's contractors, the Engineering Site Identification for the Tactical Environment (ENSITE), have a way to integrate and visualise environmental data to avoid knock-on effects or logistical burdens.

Military planners have now incorporated the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), one of the main datasets within IBAT, as a core component of their ENSITE hub software. Planners can now explore how potential contingency bases might affect the natural environment and early stage decisions to avoid potential impacts.

Key Benefits for Your Organisation

Better decision making

Good biodiversity management within government, NGOs, or private sector needs high quality data to make better decisions

Align with international best practice

Use IBAT to screen against World Bank, IFC, OECD, and other finance sector standards

Securing a license to operate

Companies can use IBAT to align with environmental regulations early in the project cycle

Increase market access

Good biodiversity management can help companies secure place in the market and help gain competitive advantage

Better analyses & models

IBAT data underpins key global analyses undertaken by research institutions, NGOs and governments

Reduce risk & uncertainty

Use IBAT to screen for potential biodiversity impacts and opportunities early in any project

Key Features

IBAT offers a ‘one-stop shop’ data search service for those seeking authoritative global biodiversity information

One of IBAT’s most popular functionalities is our biodiversity data report delivered as a package that includes a pdf document, raw data in CSV format, and map files. Our report templates include a simple proximity report, a World Bank Group risk report, and a freshwater report. Click here to view all of the reports on offer.

IBAT offers rapid visual screening for critical biodiversity

Described by our users as “a must for any project on biodiversity conservation”, IBAT provides authoritative geographic information about global biodiversity. It is underpinned by three of the world’s most authoritative global biodiversity datasets and enables users to make informed decisions in policy and practice.

Access and download services

IBAT users can access the World Database on Protected Areas, IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas through our GIS download services. The data is packaged as either global downloads or it is also possible to select smaller areas to download. Click here to view the GIS download options on offer. We also offer web services.

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