In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         National events and news

·         International events and news

 

 

Other News

Detailed proceedings of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are attached to this newsletter. The proceedings are also available for download click here!

 

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 May 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) before 1 June 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

INDABA PROCEEDINGS ATTACHED!

 

DAY 1: Setting the strategic direction of the Indaba – 5 key points

 

Ismail Lagardien of the National Planning Commission, Corli le Roux Head of SRI Index and Sustainability at the JSE, Bheki Sibiya CEO of the Chamber of Mines, Joanne Yawitch CEO of the National Business Initiative, Peter Lukey Chief Policy Advisor: Strategic Environmental Intelligence and Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney Regional Technical Coordinator, Business Economics and Biodiversity of the IUCN.

 

1.     CEO’s need to be championing the issue of the mainstreaming of biodiversity. 

2.     Investors have an important role to play in driving the mainstreaming of biodiversity into business – do they have all the information they need to make informed decisions?.

3.     Biodiversity should not be addressed in isolation from issues such as job creation, poverty alleviation, education and addressing inequality.

4.     We need to identify ways to make companies truly understand their dependencies on biodiversity and their contribution to its degradation.

5.     Sustainability people within companies tend to be marginalised. How do we change this?

NBBN event

30 June 2015: MANAGING OUR NATURAL CAPITAL – LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND TOOLS, SRK Consulting’s offices, Johannesburg, South Africa. Organisations presenting will include, amongst others, SANBI, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and the IUCN. To attend this session please send an email to Shelley at shelleyl@ewt.org.za.  

 

 National events and news

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.

Sustainability Week 23-25 June 2015, CSIR International Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Advancing the Green Economy through the sharing of knowledge across disciplines and sectors, and by actively seeking to accelerate the total number of projects undertaken under the heading of sustainability, Sustainability Week will once again prove to have a catalytic effect. For more information click here.

The 12th Biodiversity Planning Forum will be held from 23-26 June 2015 at the Salt Rock Hotel and Beach Resort in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Biodiversity Planning Forum provides an opportunity to share and synthesise valuable lessons from biodiversity planning projects across South Africa. For more information contact Erica or Freyni at events@grassland.org.za.

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.

 

International events and news

The FSC launches its new global brand – On 30 April 2015 the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC) launched its new global brand: Forests For All Forever. In the past 20 years, FSC has become a well-trusted name within the environmental and sustainability sector. Now, with its new branding, FSC hopes to inspire an audience it has not engaged directly before – the consumer. For more information see the attached press release.

United Nations Global Compact Conference 23-25 June 2015, UN HQ, New York, USA. Bringing together business and civil society to showcase private sector’s approach to meeting the United Nations global agenda for sustainable development. For more information 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 November 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 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.

Organisers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, which will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on 23-24 November 2015, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit the bottom line, as well as the natural environment. The closing date is Friday, 29 May 2015. For more information click here.

Sustainability Reporting - Developing a Landscape Mapping Tool for Business. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) are developing a web-based tool and database to help business understand and navigate the complex and fragmented corporate sustainability reporting landscape. To read more click here.

 

The Australian Business and Biodiversity Initiative (ABBI) produced a summary paper entitled ‘Natural Capital at Risk’ which outlines why natural capital is a material risk for businesses as well as to the broader Australian economy. This summary serves as a precursor to a more detailed publication, soon to be released. To download the Executive Summary

click here.

Four of nine 'planetary boundaries' exceeded -Civilisation has crossed four of nine 'planetary boundaries', increasing the risk of irreversibly driving the Earth in to a less hospitable state, concludes new research. These are: extinction rate, deforestation, atmospheric CO2 and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorus. To download the article click here.

 

 

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