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In this issue  

  • Past events
  • Job Listings
  • International events, publications and news

·         National 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.

 

 

 

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 April 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 (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) by the 22nd May 2017.

 

Past events:

 

CAPE TOWN BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA

Theme: Partnerships & collaborations – moving forward together

5 & 6 April 2017

Proudly brought to you by:

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KZN BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA

Theme: Partnerships & collaborations – moving forward together

16 & 27 March 2017

Proudly brought to you by:

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The programmes and presentations from both of these events can be downloaded here. The proceedings will be distributed with the June 2017 NBBN newsletter. For any further information please email Shelley Lizzio at shelleyl@ewt.org.za

 

 

Job  listings

 

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To advertise vacancies, bursaries or scholarships here please email details to Shelley Lizzio at shelleyl@ewt.org.za.  

 International events, publications and news

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Waste materials are an underused resource in the construction of Europe’s roads

Recycled waste material could play a major role in the construction of roads in Europe, bringing both environmental and economic benefits. A new study proposes a scenario where 50% of the asphalt for Europe’s roads consists of recycled materials, leading to significant reductions in costs, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. To read more click here.

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OECD Forum Highlights Value of Private Sector Role in SDGs

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held its annual Global Forum on Development with a focus on catalysing the private sector to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore new avenues of partnership to mobilize the needed resources. The 12th annual Global Forum on Development convened on 5 April 2017, in Paris, France, on the theme of ‘Working together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs). To read more click here.

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World Bank's 2017 Atlas of SDGs Provides Tool for Tracking Implementation

The World Bank has released the '2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals.' The Atlas includes over 150 maps and data visualizations to assist with efforts to track progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To read more click here.

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Publications Point the Way for CEOs, Corporate Pension Plans to Implement SDGs

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UN Global Compact have released resources that aim to assist the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To read more click here.

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How companies leverage business needs for positive environmental outcomes

The Wildlife Habitat Council has published a white paper focused on businesses engaged in site clean-up activities that including ecological restoration. The case studies highlight 5 different companies’ efforts in remediating legacy site pollution and bringing the sites back to productive use for biodiversity and the community. To download the document click here.

 

 

National events, publications and news

 

Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy published for comment

Attached to this newsletter is the draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy published by Minister Edna Molewa on 31 March 2017. The draft policy is published for public comment, and comments will be received at the contact details below until 30 May 2017. Please submit comments in the format presented in the attached table. Comments can be emailed to Willeen Oliver at Wolivier@environment.gov.za

The 14th Biodiversity Planning Forum will be held from 20 - 23 June 2017 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park.

The theme of the forum is Biodiversity prioritisation to support spatial planning for the rural economy. For further information, please contact Jackey at bfp@sanbi.org.za or dot@mpu.ac.za.

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2017 Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan

The 2017 Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan (WCBSP) datasets are now available for download on the BGIS website. The WCBSP illustrates vicinities of biodiversity that are significant throughout the Western Cape. The data covers major coastal and estuarine habitats, as well as terrestrial and freshwater realms respectively. For more information click here.

Rejection of the final EIR for the proposed construction of a raw water supply dam in the uMkhomazi River Valley

Conservation organisations, including the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and BirdLife South Africa, welcome the rejection of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed construction of a raw water supply dam in the uMkhomazi catchment, KwaZulu-Natal, by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). With support from private landowners, these organisations, amongst others, challenged the proposal due to serious environmental concerns raised. To read more click here.