In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         Upcoming events featuring the NBBN

·         NBBN past event

·         National event

·         International events, publications and news



Other News

The DEA-NBBN publication entitled “Overview of current approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreaming of biodiversity: a preliminary baseline assessment” can be downloaded by clicking here.

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


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Shelley Lizzio
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Welcome to the October 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 Shelley ( by 20 November 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


DAY 2: Update on latest tools to mainstream biodiversity into business



Dr. Joel Houdet, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)

1.     Biodiversity should be mainstreamed at the strategic, managerial and operational levels in a business. At each of these levels there are different needs and approaches.

2.     Business can make use of the UN Global Compact Performance Model to guide their efforts in implementing the Global Compact’s 10 principles, including those relating to the environment

3.     When looking at valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services it is important to remember that people almost never agree on value. The only thing they can potentially agree on is price.

4.     The Natural Capital Protocol is a project of the Natural Capital Coalition, the goal of which is to minimise risk, cut costs and create new opportunities for business. It is being prepared primarily for the business user to support them in decision-making with respect to biodiversity, ecosystem services and other environmental impacts.


Upcoming events featuring the NBBN

5 – 7 November 2015, 2ND BIODIVERSITY ECONOMY INDABA, International Convention Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Indaba is presented by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the theme is, Biodiversity is good for Business, Business is good for Biodiversity. For more information on the Indaba please see the attached invitation. At a sit-down dinner on 6 November the Deputy Minister of the Environment will launch a document produced by DEA in collaboration with the NBBN entitled Overview of current approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreaming of biodiversity: a preliminary baseline assessment. To download the document click here.

9 – 13 November 2015, 8TH WORLD ESP CONFERENCE, Spier Wine farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. To register click here. The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the Natural Capital Coalition, the WBCSD, Conservation International, Hemporium, and the NBBN are co-hosting the special session: “S5 - Ecosystem services in business” at the conference. For more information click here. The NBBN has also partnered with a number of other organisations to present a pre-conference workshop on 8 November on the draft Natural Capital Protocol and sector guides, before they are released for consultation. For more information on the workshop click here. To register for the workshop please email

NBBN past event

INVESTMENT IN ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, 1 October 2015, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The NBBN, in partnership with the uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Programme (UEIP), presented the NBBN’s first ever event in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on 1 October 2015 on investment in ecological infrastructure. More information on the event is provided in the attached proceedings and the presentations can be downloaded by clicking here.

National events


CAMBRIDGE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTITIONER PROGRAMME 28 February - 2 March 2016, Diemersfontein, Wellington, South Africa. 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, or contact Magda on


International events, publications and news

Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum. On 9-10 October 2015 a first-of-its-kind forum in Ghana pushed natural capital thinking into the sustainable development of Africa to benefit nature, people and business. Some 200 participants from 41 countries, including business, governments, civil society, academia, development organisations and financial institutions all gathered together to exchange ideas and practices at the first Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum (PANBBF). For more information click here..

Guide on ‘Developing a Business Case for Biodiversity’. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) produced this guide aimed at environment officials, practitioners or policymakers who need to build a case for integrating biodiversity into decision-making processes and policy development in other sectors. To download the document click here.

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 Hawai'i, and a public Forum will take place from 2-5 September. For more information click here.

EU B@B Platform – “Access to Finance and Innovative Finance Mechanisms”. The 2015 output from this workstream is now available. It comprises five thematic papers examining the financing issues and opportunities for different business and biodiversity business models. For more information click here.

Stock Exchanges Highlight Role in Promoting SDGs. As world leaders gathered to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), capital market regulators and CEOs of stock exchanges, investment houses and large companies joined senior UN officials for the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE) Leaders Luncheon on the SDGs, hosted by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 24 September. To read more click here.

The SDG Compass Helps Companies Take Action on New UN Goals. Companies now have a new tool to help them navigate and contribute to a new set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations on 25 September. To read more click here.

UNEP-WCMC Develops Guidance on Experimental Biodiversity Accounting. The UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has developed technical guidance on experimental biodiversity accounting. The document is aimed at practitioners who want to collect and organize data regarding the status and trends of ecosystems and species diversity. To read more click here.

UNEP Report Details Ecosystem Services Worth US$1 Billion Annually in Four Pilot Countries. UNEP released the results of a four-year project, ‘ProEcoServe’ in a report entitled ‘Success Stories in Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into Macro-economic Policy and Land Use Planning: Evidence from Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Viet Nam’. The project identified almost US$1 billion of benefits in the four pilot countries. To read more click here.

Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces. Urban green spaces provide important ecosystem services in cities, from recreation to the mitigation of noise and air pollution. This study quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. To download the article click here.

New WBCSD publication entitled ‘Land Degradation Neutrality: A Business Perspective’. Supported by inspiring examples of business action, this publication outlines how businesses can finance and implement sustainable practices that support land degradation neutrality in their own operations as well as their extended supply chains. To download click here.

Messages for Policy- Makers: Engaging Business in Shaping a Land Degradation Neutral World. Based on a review of literature as well as interviews with WBCSD members and other stakeholders, this publication presents some of the policies governments can put in place to support business engagement in LDN. It focuses on a number of incentive mechanisms that are of particular relevance. To download click here.

UNDP published ‘A Global Compact for Sustainable Development – Business and the SDGs: Acting Responsibly and Finding Opportunities’. Demonstrates how companies can help to advance the SDGs by operating responsibly in alignment with universal principles and finding opportunities to innovate to address societal challenges. To download the report 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.