the Date: 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba
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- Recent news & reminders
Upcoming national and regional events
- International events, publications and news
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Welcome to the June 2016 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business
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The NBBN Presents:
The 2016 National Biodiversity
& Business Indaba
25th & 26th
Building on the success of the NBBN’s inaugural Indaba in
2015, we are pleased to announce the dates for the second annual National
Biodiversity and Business Network Indaba, to be held at Hatch Africa’s
new head offices in Johannesburg on the 25th and 26th
of October, 2016. The aim of the Indaba is to provide a dynamic platform
to enable a collective discussion to improve the mainstreaming of
biodiversity considerations into business in Africa.
2015 Indaba attendees
included forward-looking CEOs, financial, sustainability and risk
managers, corporate social responsibility directors, environmental
economists and consultants, leading academics, professional advisors,
sustainability leaders, natural capital experts, government officials, financiers
and other influencers.
Business success is inextricably linked to the wellbeing
and sustainable use of our natural resources, including water, wildlife,
soil and flora. The growing scarcity of these natural resources impacts
on value chains and complicates operations by making forecasting fairly
unpredictable, particularly in sectors that are product driven
(agriculture, health and retail) and those who invest in development
(manufacturing, infrastructure and financial services).
To remain competitive in today’s changing economic, social
and environmental climates the management of natural capital has to
become an essential component of businesses formal risk management and
governance processes. By taking a pro-active and collaborative approach,
business will also be able to identify opportunities related to the
management of natural resources.
Large, medium and small businesses should attend the
Indaba as a proactive step towards furthering their understanding of the
risks and opportunities that biodiversity presents to their bottom line
and learning about how best to respond to them so as to remain
competitive in our fast-changing world.
Date: 24th and 25th
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Date: Wednesday 10th August 2016
Time: Morning session (times to be
Venue: De Beers Corporate
Headquarters, Cornerstone Building, corner
of Crownwood Road & Diamond Drive, Crown Mines, Johannesburg.
for catering purposes as seats are limited, by sending an email to
Michael Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 1st August 2016.
eyes open for a follow-up email in which the detailed programme for the
event will be shared.
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Recent news & reminders
IPIECA – The Global oil and gas industry
association for environmental and social issues – have developed the Water
Risk Assessment e-learning training course,
which aims to improve uptake and implementation whilst helping companies
effectively, efficiently and easily monitor, access and manage water
IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme -
Valuing nature, delivering biodiversity net gain and investing in nature:
during 2015, the IUCN worked on a range of projects seeking to achieve
these goals. Engaging with the business community on the Natural Capital
Protocol, which aims to establish a true valuation of the benefits of
nature, and working with Hugo Boss to assess biodiversity risks and
opportunities. These are just some of the initiatives in Highlights 2015.
To download a full copy of the report, please click here.
May, 2016 - UNODC launched its inaugural World
Wildlife Crime Report, highlighting how the poaching and illegal
trade of thousands of different species across the globe not only present
real environmental dangers but ultimately undermine the rule of law by
potentially fuelling conflict. The report also urges shared
responsibility in tackling this crime given how products made from
illicit flora and fauna such as fashion items, furniture, food, and pets,
may be hidden in plain sight. View the full report here.
national and regional events
Practitioner Seminar 14 – 17 August 2016, Intundla Game Lodge, Gauteng. This
seminar is designed for managers in organisations from the private or
public sector to equip them with a high-level understanding of
sustainability. The seminar will give participants exposure to the
critical social and environmental pressures, assessing their impact on
organisations, developing systems for responding creatively to them, and
how to integrate these systems into their organisation’s operations and
strategy. For more information and the application form please visit the website.
51st Annual Congress of the Grassland
Society of Southern Africa, 3-8th July 2016: The Annual Congress will be hosted by the Western
Cape Province at the Wilderness Hotel Resort and Spa, Wilderness,
situated 10 km from George and 23 km from George Airport (airport shuttle
will be available). The event will also include a Research Skills
Workshop and an Invasive Species Workshop. More details here.
Earth Expo 2016 Montecasino, Fourways,
11-14th August. The
Earth Expo aims to educate and inspire sustainable living. The exhibition
will showcase a diverse range of products and
services to encourage visitors to make more sustainable choices in their
daily lives. There
will also be a number of informative workshops hosted by experts that
will cover a broad range of
Visit the website here for more details.
20 January 2017, Cape Town - Forum on
Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum). the UN World Forum on Sustainable Development Data
(World Data Forum) is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying
cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple
stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial
information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil
The Ecosystem Services Partnership
(ESP) will host the African ESP
Conference (21-25th November 2016) in Kenya. They
are currently open for session
proposals related to 'Ecosystem Services
for SDGs in Africa'. Proposals should be submitted before 31st May.
Should you wish to become an active supporter of the African Ecosystem
Services Conference 2016: Please check the sponsorship
page for more information.
International events, publications and
Natural Capital Coalition Protocol and Sector Guides
Launch, 13th July
2016. The Natural Capital Protocol is an exciting development
for business to lead the way in maintaining our natural environment. This
one-day event celebrates the culmination of a unique project, which has
brought together organisations from across the economy to create
something for the common good. For more information click here.
To be held on the 5-6th of October 2016 in Madrid,
Spain, the Natural Capital Summit is an event that aims to introduce
the natural capital concept and the opportunities associated with its
integration in the organisational structure, as well as showing different
international initiatives and study cases which are being developed
worldwide by a wide range of organisations from different sectors. For
further information visit the website.
The Dutch Platform for Biodiversity, Ecosystems and
Economy (BEE) is delighted to announce the international conference, Natural
Capital: Let's talk business! The conference will be held 23-25
November 2016 at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. The conference will
allow participants to exchange experiences with business leaders, from
CEOs to start-ups, as well as attend workshops, exhibitions and
networking events. More details here.
The Business & Climate Summit, London, 28–29 June
2016. This two-day event will bring together leaders from business,
government and finance to deliver real climate action. Building
on last year’s event which boasted some of the worlds most influential
CEOs and policymakers, the Summit will set out a roadmap for how business can
take advantage of a swift transition to the net zero carbon economy. More
The World Conservation Congress 2016, September 2016. 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 Hawaii, and a public forum will take place from
2-5th September. For more information click
21-22 September 2016, New York - International Conference
on Sustainable Development. The 4th annual
International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), themed
‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice,' will bring together members of
the research, policy, practice and business communities to share
practical solutions for achieving the SDG’s at local and national levels.
For more information please click
24th September to 5th October
2016, Johannesburg. CITES CoP17 venue and dates for 2016 in South Africa. CITES
announced the world wildlife conference in Johannesburg in 2016 which
aims to bring the global community together to tackle the world's biggest
wildlife challenges and opportunities. For further information click here.
4 – 17th December 2016, Mexico.
13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the
Convention on the Biological Diversity. The
13th meeting of the COP to the CBD the 8th meeting of the
Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the 2nd meeting of the
Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to
the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be
held back-to-back in Mexico. More