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In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         NBBN events

·         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!

 

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 September 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 20 October 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

 

DAY 2: The role of the green economy and green economic policy in mainstreaming biodiversity

 

 

1.     Many ecological assets were not part of the original thinking about the green economy so we need to find hooks where their contribution can be integrated in policy planning and decision making.

2.     The concept of the green economy is resulting in the withdrawal of government funding from things that are environmentally detrimental towards greener activities.

3.     Biodiversity is often presented as a challenge that needs to be overcome, a barrier to growth. The conversation has to switch to one that talks about opportunity because economic actors respond to opportunities..

4.     To harness the power of the consumer to drive the green economy we should be asking retailers questions that will drive behavioural change rather than simply boycotting them.

 

NBBN events

1 October 2015 - INVESTMENT IN ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. 7H30 for 8h30 – 14h00, Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The following key questions will  be addressed at this morning event: What role should business play in investment in ecological infrastructure? How do we upscale the level of investment we are seeing from business and government? How do we ensure an integrated approach? To RSVP email Shelley on shelleyl@ewt.org.za.

6 October 2015 – JOHANNESBURG COUNTRY CLUB TALK – IS THERE BUSINESS WITHOUT BIODIVERSITY? Shelley Lizzio, the Manager of the NBBN, will be presenting at a dinner event (18h30 for 19h00) in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa on the relevance of biodiversity to business and the role that business needs to play in the management of biodiversity if it wishes to remain competitive To RSVP and pay email debbiet@ewt.org.za or joelt@ewt.org.za or call 011 372 3600/1/2/3.

National events

THE ALBERT LUTHULI CENTRE FOR RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP (ALCRL) IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION OF PRETORIA AND PWC will be presenting a series of events in 2015 and 2016. The first four events will take place in South Africa during 2015, first in Cape Town (2 October) and then Johannesburg (6 October) and will then be repeated in the UK in 2016. For more information click here.

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CAMBRIDGE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTITIONER PROGRAMME 28 February - 2 March 2016, Diemersfontein, Wellington. 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 magda.dekok@cisl.cam.ac.uk.

 

International events, publications and news

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS KEY ROLE FOR BUSINESS. The UN post-2015 development agenda presents a historic opportunity for the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’s global challenges and building a more inclusive and sustainable society.  At the heart of this agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which for the first time recognize the key role of business, including the finance community, to achieve these ambitious targets.  For more information click here.

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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.

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13 AUGUST WAS EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY. August 13th is Earth Overshoot Day this year. In less than eight months, humans have used more natural resources than the planet is able to produce in a single year. To read more click here.

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NEW REPORT OFFERS PRACTICAL GUIDANCE ON USING THE MITIGATION HIERARCHY. The Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) has recently published a new report, A Cross-Sector Guide for Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy. It provides practical guidance, innovative approaches and examples to support operationalising the mitigation hierarchy effectively. To download the report click here.

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BENEFITS OF CONSTRUCTED WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS WORTH MORE THAN DOUBLE THE COSTS. The economic benefits of the ecosystem services provided by constructed wetlands far outweigh the costs of maintaining them, new research has confirmed. For more information click here.

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WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS OPENS WITH LAUNCH OF GLOBAL FOREST RESOURCES ASSESSMENT REPORT. World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa. The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). For more information click here.

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STOP MISUSE OF BIODIVERSITY OFFSETS. A recent Nature article outlined the risks associated with using offsets to achieve pre-existing commitments, such as those to which nations have committed under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The authors recommend that while it is often appropriate for offsets to create and manage new protected areas, these outcomes should be accounted for separately from progress towards existing commitments such as the Aichi Targets, in order to avoid offsets simply replacing government funding for protected areas. To read more click here.

BUSINESSES GIVE FEEDBACK ON NATURAL CAPITAL PROTOCOL. The Natural Capital Coalition has published the "Feedback report from Business Engagement Partner Interviews”. More than 80 businesses from 15 sectors were asked about their views and expectations regarding the Natural Capital Protocol which is currently being developed. To download the report click here.

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KERING RELEASES ITS FIRST GROUP-WIDE ENVIRONMENTAL PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT (E P&L). With the preparation of the E P&L Kering measured its environmental impact along the supply chain and open-sourced the full methodology so that companies can learn how to value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. To read more click here.

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SELF-CHECK – POTENTIAL FOR BIODIVERSITY-ORIENTED DESIGN OF COMPANY PREMISES. This checklist is designed to help companies initiate nature-oriented design actions on their premises. It is intended to help in collecting relevant documents and information. This conducts an initial assessment regarding potential for biodiversity-oriented design and provides suggestions for first steps towards biodiversity-oriented design. To download the checklist click here.

GUIDE FOR ASSESSING ECONOMICS OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAUNCHED. The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative has published a user guide for assessing the total economic value of land and land-based services that draws on the '6+1' cost-benefit analysis approach used by ELD and its partners to support scientifically sound decision making and action on sustainable land management. For more information click here.

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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 see the attached brochure or click here.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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