In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         National events

·         International events, publications and news



Other News

Detailed proceedings of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are available for download click here!


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Welcome to the July 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 ( before 14 August 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


DAY 1: The business case for mainstreaming biodiversity into business


Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney, Regional Technical Coordinator, Business, Economics and Biodiversity at the IUCN; Warwick Mostert, Biodiversity Manager at De Beers, Justin Smith, Head of Sustainability at Woolworths, Andre Nel, Manager Sustainable Development at Pick n Pay, Karin Ireton, private consultant and Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze, Head: Marketing and Stakeholder Management at GreenMatter.


1.     Mainstreaming means embedding biodiversity considerations into the DNA of business and government.

2.     We need to simplify biodiversity messages so that they speak to all stakeholders.

3.     It is really important for business is to get the right partners in place to help guide the biodiversity strategy.

4.     Good leadership plays an important role in the way a company deals with biodiversity.

5.     Business needs the law to be clear, predictable, unequivocal and implementable.


 National events


Entries are now open for the Eco-Logic Awards 2015 which recognise South Africa’s environmental champions and reward outstanding achievements. This year a new category will be included: Business Green. Entries close 31 July 2015. For more information click here.

Invitation to apply for a training course on Green Jobs in Natural Resources, 7-11 September 2015. The Green Fund, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) is implementing a fully sponsored two-year training programme to promote green jobs and decent work in the transition to a greener economy in South Africa. To attend complete the application form by 18 August 2015 to Sandra Setlhoke, at


Cambridge Sustainability Practitioner Programme 16-19 August 2015, Intundla Game Lodge, Gauteng. Sustainability is no longer simply a bolt-on to a ‘business-as-usual’ approach, but is something that must become deeply embedded in the day-to-day operations of all organisations. This seminar is designed for managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability. For more information click here.

De Beers’ Sustainability Conference 2015 is to be held at the De Beers Corporate Headquarters in Johannesburg 28-29 October 2015. The event is open to business leaders, sustainability practitioners, and all persons with interests related to sustainability. For more information. Send the attendance form to Sharon Maree at by 16 September 2015.


International events, publications and news

The World Conservation Congress 2016 issues a call for contributions. Every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together thousands of decision-makers from government, civil society, business and academia.  "Planet at the crossroads" is the theme of the next Congress, which will be held in Hawai'i, and a public Forum will take place from 2-5 September. If your organisation would like to host an event, please reply to the call for contributions by 15 October. For more information click here.


SUSTAIN Africa scales up outreach to business. IUCN is working with local, national and international partners to demonstrate the benefits of sustainably managed natural resources in designated “growth corridors” in Tanzania and Mozambique. SUSTAIN Africa aims to support the development of improved and diversified farm, forest and wetland production that links local communities to new business opportunities, fostering green growth throughout the corridor. To read more click here.

IUCN and Marriott: Preserving nature together. IUCN and Marriott Hotels & Resorts Thailand, in collaboration with the Mangroves for the Future programme, are working together to improve the company’s impact on local communities and the environment. Each hotel has been raising funds to support mangrove replanting at degraded sites around Thailand. In addition, through examining its own supply chains, the company is now purchasing sustainable seafood and souvenirs from the local communities. To read more click here.

Mobilising resources for biodiversity conservation. Following the CBD COP12 held in the Republic of Korea last year, the Mission Economie de la Biodiversité of the Caisse des Dépôts’s group in France has prepared a special issue of BIODIV’2050. The publication looks at the private sector’s challenges and contributions to mobilise resources for biodiversity conservation within the framework of the convention. To read more click here.


In Good Company 2015 is the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) International’s annual global platform to engage with leading companies, brands and international NGOs working strategically with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability and FSC. The event will take place in Durban, South Africa from 3-5 September 2015. For more information click here..


The XIV World Forestry Congress, 7-11 September 2015, to be held in Durban, South Africa, will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. For more information click here.

The Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place 9th-10th October 2015 in Accra, Ghana. This landmark forum aims to promote increased sustainability within Africa’s development agenda through mainstreaming of natural capital, and improved business-civil society cooperation. For more information click here.


The 8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community. For more information click here.


The 2015 Convention for Biological Diversity Business and Biodiversity Forum: Practices, Solutions and the Way Forward (which will also encompass the 5th Meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity) will take place from 11-12 November 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. For further information click here.

The next World Forum on Natural Capital will be held on 23-24 November 2015 in Edinburgh. For more information click here.

Land degradation neutrality is likely to become a global target through the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) led COP12 and the Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted later this year. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) new Issue Brief for Business on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) clarifies what the LDN target means for business and how each company can contribute. To download this brief click here.


Oslo creates world's first 'highway' to protect endangered bees. Norway’s capital is creating a route filled with flowers and ‘green roofs’ to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production. To read more click here.


New manual on tourism and biodiversity. The CBD together with partners, has published a manual which highlights the important role tourism plays for biodiversity and aims to improve knowledge and materials to better integrate biodiversity into sustainable tourism development. The manual is a reference tool for planners, developers, managers and decision makers involved with tourism development and resource management in areas of sensitive biodiversity. To download the manual click here.



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