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 November 2014 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 20 November 2014.

 

Upcoming NBBN events

November 2014

  • TRAINING SESSION – MAINTREAMING BIODIVERSITY INTO BUSINESS; WHY, WHEN, HOW, 13 November 2014, GIBS, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa. The session will cost R500 per person. To attend this training session please send an email to Shelley at shelleyl@ewt.org.za
  • The NBBN will be hosting a session entitled Mainstreaming of biodiversity into business: lessons and solutions for sustainable development from South Africa in the Business and Biodiversity Pavilion on 18 November 2014 from 7h00-8h15 at the World Parks Congress which is taking place in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014.
  • MANAGING OUR NATURAL CAPITAL – UPDATE ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND TOOLS, 21 November 2014, SRK Consulting’s offices, Johannesburg, South Africa. Organisations presenting will include 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 by 17 November 2014.

February 2015

  • South Africa’s first NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY AND BUSINESS INDABA takes 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 agenda will be distributed by end November. 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

A WWF commissioned report entitled “Mining and Biodiversity: Evaluating EAP standards in the sector” calls for fast tracking the appointment of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) to ensure compliance and higher standards in the industry. For a summary of the report click here.

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. For further details click here.

To download current and past copies of Environment Quarterly, a stakeholder publication of the Department of Environmental Affairs, click here.

 

International news and events

The recently launched Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides guidance on low-cost methods for evaluating the ecosystem services at sites to influence decision making. For more information click here.

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will be taking place in Sydney from 12-19 November. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. For more information click here.

The Business and Biodiversity Forum, which convened on the sidelines of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), a business and biodiversity workshop, a meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, and various other events. For more information click here.

First Annual EU Business and Biodiversity Conference is scheduled to take place in Brussels on 21 November 2014. For more information click here.

 

The African Centre for Technology Studies’ (ACTS) Responsible Natural Resources Economies (RNRE) programme invites the submission of issue papers, for publication as ACTS’ Issue Papers in May 2015, on responsible natural resource economies in Africa. Abstracts must be submitted by 15 December 2014. For more information click here.

The IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme recently developed a new briefing entitled “A strategic approach on biodiversity: the what, why and how”. To download the document click here.

The Global Nature Fund (GNF) recently published a report entitled“How business values natural capital.” The GNF runs the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign. For further information click here.

The latest WWF Living Planet Index reveals a bleak portrayal of the current state of the world’s wildlife; and it’s up to businesses to turn it around. To read more about the index click here.

At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the CBD Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released the fourth edition of the “Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4).” For further information click here.

Implementing measures that promote the sustainable use of biodiversity is a worthwhile investment that will bring multiple economic and environmental benefits to countries, according to a United Nations-backed report released in October 2014. For further information click here.

The World Resource Institute has released the Technical Appendix of the Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment entitled “Weaving Ecosystem Services Into Impact Assessment”. To download the document click here.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released a report, titled “Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: A Quick Start Package.” For further information click here.