In this issue  

  • Proceedings available for the 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba
  • National events, publications & news
  • Job Listings

·       International events, publications & 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.




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Welcome to the January 2017 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 Lizzio ( by the 17th

February 2017.




Theme: Transforming risk into opportunity

25 & 26 October 2016

Detailed proceedings from the event are attached to this email! Presentations from the Indaba are available for download on the National Biodiversity and Business Network website.





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National events, publications & news


The Eco-Logic Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, recognise and reward organisations and individuals that provide products or services that nurture

Planet Earth. The deadline for entries for the Eco-Logic Awards 2017 has been extended to 31 January, 2017. Click here.

Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of South Africa releases its latest publication

The IRC of SA has released its latest publication, Disclosure of Performance against Strategic Objectives: An Information Paper. Click here. 


Using SANBI's Biodiversity Information to inform the electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA

SANBI has been involved in the CSIR led Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) in support of the national Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) since 2013. The Electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA focused on identifying and refining 100km-wide energy corridors to serve as the back bone of South Africa's transmission lines. These energy corridors span the South African landscape, in order to facilitate access to electricity and were designed to take socio economic and environmental factors into account.

Read more.


uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Partnership (UEIP) - Strengthening collaborative water governance in the uMngeni River catchment

The UEIP Strategy was formally adopted by the members of the UEIP Coordination Committee at a meeting in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal in November 2016. The document describes the institutional arrangements as well as roles and responsibilities within the UEIP. The Strategy guides the actions of the partnership and provides purpose and coherence to the UEIP. Click here.

Small scale farmers observe yield increases due to the uMngeni Resilience Project (URP) interventions

Local farmers in the uMgungundlovu District have recently started benefiting from the interventions of the uMngeni Resilience Project (URP). Working in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), about 170 small scale farmers reported improved crop yields at the end of the 2016 growing season. These improved yields are a result of "climate smart" farming techniques. Click here.


Job  Listings


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 International events, publications & news

Over 100 Companies Pledge Action on Biodiversity

The 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum convened immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP13). At the Forum over 100 businesses signed a 'Business and Biodiversity Pledge,' in which they commit to concrete actions to conserve biodiversity and deliver solutions for its sustainable use and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from genetic resources. Click here.


IUCN launches public consultation on draft guidelines for responsible business operations in and around Key Biodiversity Areas

In 2016 the IUCN developed a draft set of universal Guiding Principles and Recommendations for Responsible Business Operations in and around Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). The technical guidance outlines how businesses in any economic sector, should operate in and around KBAs, whether they are within protected areas or not. A second draft of these guidelines are now available for comment until 10 March 2017. All interested stakeholders are invited to review the Draft 2 and provide any feedback on the Comment Form provided. Click here.


New method of developing agri-environment schemes proposes €3 million saving in Germany

A method for developing more cost-effective agri-environment schemes, outlined in a recent study, can be used over large areas, and accounts for hundreds of management regimes and several different endangered species. The model is one of the first to account for the timing of measures and, when applied in Germany, proposed savings of over €3 million, while also improving some conservation outcomes. Click here.


Bumblebees pollinate urban gardens better than agricultural land

A study has found that bumblebees in Germany are more successful at pollinating urban areas than agricultural land. Urban areas had higher flower diversity and more potential nesting areas for bees compared to agricultural areas. This demonstrates the value of urban green spaces as habitat for pollinators. Click here.

Herbicide run-off reduced by grassy ditches in Italy — recommended for agri-environment schemes

Pesticides used on agricultural land can leach into nearby surface water; and can harm aquatic ecosystems. This study evaluated the potential of ditches to reduce this run-off, using Italy’s Po Valley as a case study. Grassy ditches were able to significantly reduce the concentration of herbicides, even during extreme flooding. It was therefore suggested that the use of vegetated ditches in agri-environment schemes would be beneficial for pesticide mitigation. Click here.

 “Biodiversity Monitoring for Natural Resource Management ― An Introductory Manual”

This new manual provides succinct practical guidance for planning biodiversity monitoring. It addresses some of the principal questions, issues and pit-falls in biodiversity monitoring, and offers selected references and download links to further reading. Click here.

New guidance on biodiversity in environmental management systems

“EMAS and Biodiversity: How to address biodiversity protection through environmental management systems” is the title of a new publication on the sound management of biodiversity aspects within EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and other management systems. Click here.

New OECD website dedicated to biodiversity mainstreaming

OECD is working to promote biodiversity policies that are economically efficient, environmentally effective and distributionally equitable, including those policies that mainstream biodiversity in cross-sectoral practices such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. Explore their new website dedicated to mainstreaming biodiversity.

Click here.


The OECD released the publication Biodiversity Offsets - Effective Design and Implementation in December 2016.

The report examines the key design and implementation features that need to be considered to ensure that biodiversity offset programmes are environmentally effective, economically efficient, and distributionally equitable. In this report, insights and lessons learned are drawn from more than 40 case studies from around the world, with an additional 3 in-depth country case studies from the United States, Germany and Mexico. Click here.


UN Biodiversity Conference Adopts Over 70 Decisions

The UN Biodiversity Conference concluded 18 December 2016, after meeting for more than two weeks, in Cancun, Mexico. Held under the theme 'Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being,' the Conference moved towards enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets through decisions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to promote integration among the Convention and its Protocols. Click here.


UN Biodiversity Conference Highlights Links between Agriculture and Biodiversity

The Theme of UN Biodiversity Conference was 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Wellbeing,' with a focus on the “productive” sectors of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. This gave the close interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture an important profile during the Conference. Agriculture was also reflected in the programmes of parallel events such as the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) and various other side events. This article provides an overview of the main events and outcomes on biodiversity and agriculture that took place in conjunction with the Conference. Click here.


In Davos, Private Sector Highlights Business Case for SDGs

At the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF), private sector actors and WEF initiatives have released reports that consider the role of business in advancing the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also on the private sector’s role in delivering on the SDGs, over 80 companies called on the UK Prime Minister to work with business to achieve the SDGs. Click here.


The International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

The assessment aims to assess animal pollination as a regulating ecosystem service underpinning food production in the context of its contribution to nature's gifts to people and supporting a good quality of life report is available here. It has been endorsed by the CBD COP 13 and is available here, as is the corresponding summary for policy makers. Click here.



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