In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         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
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Email:
shelleyl@ewt.org.za | Web: www.ewt.org.za

 

Welcome to the June 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 15 July 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

 

DAY 1: Overview of the key challenges for biodiversity and business

 

Dr Tanya Abrahamse CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Benny de Lange Senior Manager at Ernst and Young, Patti Wickens Secretariat of the South African Mining and Biodiversity Forum and Senior Environmental Manager at De Beers, and Joanne Yawitch CEO of the National Business Institute.

 

1.     CEOs and CFOs assess risk by financial value and it is very difficult to convert biodiversity value into financial value.

2.     The need to mainstream biodiversity into business is not well understood within companies, countries or societies.

3.     The mainstreaming of biodiversity into business is hindered by issues related to lack of leadership and relevant information..

4.     Biodiversity is often viewed as something that poses a risk rather than as something that has value.

5.     There are no real KPIs for businesses to report the good work that they have done with respect to biodiversity.

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 Department of Environmental Affairs. To attend this session please send an email to Shelley at shelleyl@ewt.org.za.  

 

 National events

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.

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, publications and news

World's largest sovereign wealth fund takes stand against deforestation, Norway's Government Pension Fund Global — the world's largest sovereign wealth fund — is adopting standards to avoid investing in companies linked to tropical deforestation, sending a strong signal that forest destruction is not an acceptable practice for responsible businesses. To read more click here.

The European Commission has prepared an In-depth Report, Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, in which they explore four core facets of the ecosystem services concept: the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services; techniques for mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services; valuation of ecosystem services and the importance of considering all services; and biodiversity as part of an interconnected system. To download the report click here.

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.

Industrialised farming as a key driver for deforestation. Over the next 15 years, forest landscapes equalling an area more than twice the size of Texas could be lost to rampant deforestation, according to a new report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). To read more click here.

Ecosystems services are inadequately accounted for in Environmental Impact Assessments, a new study suggests. The researchers used a case study in France to illustrate the substantial economic losses that are incurred as a result of infrastructure development that goes ahead without sufficient consideration of the impacts on ecosystem services. To download the full article click here.

Dow's plan to bank $1 billion on natural capital by 2025. Dow Chemical hasn’t shared the final results for its 2015 sustainability goals yet, but the company is already looking ahead with a new, ambitious 10-year agenda. Perhaps the most notable of their 2025 goals is a mission to create $1 billion in value for the company — either through cost savings or new cash flow — by simply considering natural capital as part of major capital expenditures or investment decisions. To read more 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 see the invitation attached to this email or click here.

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

"Biodiversity-friendly" - Philippine government plans product labelling scheme. The Philippine government hopes to enforce a certification scheme that will tell consumers if products conserve biodiversity and promote the welfare of indigenous peoples. Soon, consumers may find Philippine products labelled with a sticker certifying them as "biodiversity-friendly". For more information click here.

 

Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital. This report from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership aims to engage industry in a review of the global challenges around water, biodiversity and soil and showcases the extent to which companies are working together to develop new interventions in the face of natural capital degradation. For more information click here. 

Paying for Green? Payments for Ecosystem Services in practice. The new book "Paying for Green? Payments for Ecosystem Services in practice" presents successful PES examples from Germany, Great Britain and the United States. For more information and to download a copy of the book for free click here.

 

 

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