In this issue

  • Upcoming NBBN events
  • Latest activities under the NBBN
  • National news and events
  • International news and events

     

 

Other News

Please find attached to this newsletter the vacancy announcement for the position of Programme Officer – Business, Economics and Biodiversity to be based in the IUCN South Africa Country Office. This position is open only to South African nationals or those with the right to work in South Africa on local terms and conditions of employment. Closing date for applications:  21 November 2014.

 
 

Contact us

For further information on the NBBN or related activities please contact:

Shelley Lizzio
Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network
Endangered Wildlife Trust
W + 27 11 372 3600 | Ext 64 | F + 27 11 608 4682 | C + 27 72 210 2085
Email: shelleyl@ewt.org.za | Web: www.ewt.org.za

 

Welcome to the January 2015 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute any biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the next newsletter, please forward the information to myself (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) before25 January 2015.

 

Upcoming NBBN events

February 2015

·         South Africa’s first NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY AND BUSINESS INDABA will take place on 25-26 February 2015 at GIBS in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa. The cost for the 2 days is R1200 and includes all refreshments and lunches, as well as a cocktail party on the first evening.The Indaba programme. Please note that we have a limited number of seats for the Indaba, so please RSVP asap by sending an email to Shelley at shelleyl@ewt.org.za

 

Latest activities under the NBBN

On 29 October the NBBN presented a session entitled THE VALUE OF PARTNERSHIPS TO THE MAINSTREAMING OF BIODIVERSITY INTO BUSINESS: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES at EY’s offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. The WWF, Fauna & Flora International, the IUCN and the EWT presented at the event.

 

National news and events

The International Conference on “Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Growth/Economy”, is taking place at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa from 26-28 May, 2015. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 15 January 2015. For further details click here.

 

International news and events

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) announced the publication of the 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming Toolbox for land-use planning and development in Gauteng,' which offers maps and guidelines that local government officials can use to ensure that biodiversity is sufficiently considered in land-use planning. For more information click here.

A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. For more information click here.

The third session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary will take place from 12-17 January, in Bonn, Germany. The third session of the IPBES plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014 – 2018. For more information click here.

Leaders from the aluminium sector today unveiled the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standard that aims to improve the industry’s environmental, social and governance performance throughout its entire value chain, including plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. For more information click here.

A review of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) members' biodiversity performance was released in November. The independent report was jointly commissioned by ICMM and IUCN. The report covers the period from 2003-2013 and identifies good practice, emerging issues and areas where ICMM members can take further action.  For more information click here.

The Business and Biodiversity Pavilion hosted more than 30 events as part of the World Parks Congress held in November 2014. Representatives from companies, such as DeBeers Group of Companies, Google, Rio Tinto and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as key associations like the ICMM, shared their learning about new opportunities to advance biodiversity strategies. Representatives from IUCN, Commissions and members, including Birdlife International, Fauna & Flora International, WWF Australia and the Zoological Society of London, also presented their latest work with the private sector. For more information click here.

An update on the Natural Capital Protocol -- an innovative framework that is being designed under the auspices of the Natural Capital Coalition to help businesses understand and manage their impacts and dependencies on the natural environment -- was presented at the World Parks Congress in November 2014. Currently, experts are defining clear principles for the Protocol. Next steps include drafting the main text, along with two guides on the food and beverage and apparel sectors; testing the Protocol with business; and, undertaking public consultation. Natural Capital Coalition Website http://www.naturalcapitalcoalition.org/

On 12-14 October 2014 the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) hosted a three-day business and biodiversity forum in parallel with COP 12. An initial summary of the CBD Business Forum is now available. A full report will be made available in early 2015. All presentations and other materials presented at the Forum will be made available in due course. Please refer to the following page for updates www.cbd.int/business/bc/cop12.shtml.