In this issue  

  • NBBN Partner Profile: De Beers Group of Companies
  • Save the Date: 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba
  • Call for Feedback: Draft Corporate Roadmap for a Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity
  • Recent news, reminders & publications
  • Job Listings

·         Upcoming national and regional events

  • 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.




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Welcome to the August 2016 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 Michael ( by the 25th

September 2016.


NBBN Partner Profile:



“De Beers recognises the importance of collaboration and by participating in and supporting the Biodiversity and Business Network, demonstrates that businesses need not impose any limits on ambitions to contribute positively to mainstreaming biodiversity into economic development and restoring our natural capital base.” – Phillip Barton, CEO of De Beers Consolidated Mines.

De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company, was established in 1888 and is a member of the Anglo American plc group. With unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining, sorting, valuing, selling and marketing of diamonds, De Beers believes that diamonds are a catalyst for creating value and delivering socio-economic benefit in the countries and communities where it operates.

The De Beers Approach to Sustainability – ‘Building Forever’

As an organisation, De Beers plays a central role in connecting millions of people around the world to the diamond dream. De Beers’ operations and leadership position across the diamond pipeline enable them to create development opportunities in the communities where De Beers operates, and ensure that people can be proud to wear a diamond from The De Beers Group of Companies. Known as Building Forever’, it is De Beers’ commitment to creating a lasting positive legacy, and to grow and protect the special place diamonds hold in the lives of its consumers.

For De Beers, creating value for shareholders depends on managing threats and opportunities effectively and delivering broader benefits to all its stakeholders, including the natural environment. It requires the organisation to place sustainability at the heart of every aspect of the business.

Another innovative project implemented by De Beers is ‘Good to Great' (G2G), which is a five-year improvement journey focusing on four areas of sustainability management and performance. Overall, G2G is designed to deliver excellence in sustainability management by 2018 by driving further improvement and achieving more resilient performance, which is monitored against the company’s sustainability improvement framework.

Key to the success of G2G is the set of actions and commitments designed to ensure the company’s efforts are aligned with its strategic intent, and ensures sustainability is a fully integrated aspect of decision-making rather than an add-on.

Download a copy of the De Beers sustainability report here: ‘Report to Society 2015’

Biodiversity Forever

The scale, nature and location of De Beers’ operations all focus on the imperative to understand, protect and promote biodiversity, both at and beyond the company's own operations. Vital to truly understanding its impact on biodiversity, De Beers measures the results of its entire supply chain on biodiversity. For example, the company recognises mining alters landscapes and can result in the loss of biodiversity. To compensate for such impacts, De Beers has made a commitment to deliver no net loss of significant biodiversity by following a mitigation hierarchy to protect and restore it. This process starts with the understanding of biodiversity value (or significance of biodiversity) and then avoiding areas of significant biodiversity. This is followed by ensuring it does everything it can to minimise its environmental impact before, finally, ensuring the rehabilitation of any affected areas.

Biodiversity continued to be an especially important focus area for De Beers in 2015. De Beers has completed Biodiversity Value Assessments at all existing and new mines, enabling it to fully understand the biodiversity value of specific areas affected by its operations. The company also ensures five hectares for biodiversity conservation for every one hectare disturbed by its mining activities. De Beers recently hosted a major international conference to share the biodiversity insights gained from research on its conservation properties in southern Africa that, together, comprise the De Beers’ Diamond Route sustainability initiative.



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for mining, five are managed for 
The total land owned and managed by the company for conservation covers an area almost five times the size of the land disturbed by De Beers’ mining operations. The company's conservation areas host a rich variety of wildlife, including endangered and range-restricted species, as well as scientific research programs carried out in partnership with international universities.

Ensuring South Africa’s Natural Heritage

De Beers, South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) have a long history of collaboration focusing on stewardship, conservation, biodiversity management and research, dating back to the early 1990s. Recently, as part of this collaboration, they worked together to enlarge SANParks’ Protected Area footprint and enable them to meet their conservation objectives by signing lease agreements incorporating land owned by De Beers at both the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Landscape in Limpopo Province, as well as the Namaqua National Park on South Africa’s west coast.


Biodiversity & Business Innovation

De Beers has always shown a strong commitment to sustainability and responsible environmental awareness. Over and above any legislative guidelines with which the company must comply, De Beers has shown an active interest in understanding its own impacts and dependencies on the natural environment.

Actively seeking to remain competitive and go beyond compliance, De Beers is one of the forerunners in South Africa for the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations into their business. Indeed, De Beers is one of the founding partners of the NBBN and has been an active partner in the network since its inception. Not only has the company provided platforms and opportunities to expand the knowledgebase around business and biodiversity, it has taken on board many of the learnings and recommendations developed by the network. The NBBN would like to acknowledge De Beers’ significant contribution to the ongoing success of the network and its support of new, and existing, partners of the NBBN going forward.








The NBBN Presents


The 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba




25th & 26th October 2016


Building on the success of the NBBN’s inaugural Indaba in 2015, we are pleased to announce the dates for the second annual National Biodiversity and Business Network Indaba, to be held at Hatch Africa’s new head offices in Johannesburg on the 25th and 26th of October, 2016. The aim of the Indaba is to provide a dynamic platform to enable a collective discussion to improve the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations into business in Africa.



2015 Indaba attendees included forward-looking CEOs, financial, sustainability and risk managers, corporate social responsibility directors, environmental economists and consultants, leading academics, professional advisors, sustainability leaders, natural capital experts, government officials, financiers and other influencers.


Business success is inextricably linked to the wellbeing and sustainable use of our natural resources, including water, wildlife, soil and flora. The growing scarcity of these natural resources impacts on value chains and complicates operations by making forecasting fairly unpredictable, particularly in sectors that are product driven (agriculture, health and retail) and those who invest in development (manufacturing, infrastructure and financial services). To remain competitive in today’s changing economic, social and environmental climates the management of natural capital has to become an essential component of businesses formal risk management and governance processes. By taking a pro-active and collaborative approach, business will also be able to identify opportunities related to the management of natural resources.


Date: 25th and 26th October 2016


Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa

RSVP: Further information and an official programme will be distributed shortly with further details on the Indaba, including special early bird registrations discounts. For any information please contact Michael Adams:

Detailed proceedings of last year’s National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are available for download, click here.





Call for feedback 





Draft Corporate Roadmap for a Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity


The draft Corporate Roadmap for a Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity (see attached) has been prepared in response to a request by BBOP members at their last meeting (BBOP12) in Barcelona on 16-17 October 2015.  It is a generic roadmap enabling a company to decide whether it wishes to make the transition to activities that deliver a Net Positive Impact -or at least No Net Loss- of biodiversity and, if so, offering guiding steps on how to get there.


The document is a draft for discussion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, specifically at the Knowledge Café: Reconciling development and nature: laying the foundations for collaborative action to scale up implementation of a net gain for biodiversity. Based on feedback, it will be further developed and discussed at the next meeting of the Advisory Group of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP13) in London on 3-4 November 2016.


The draft documents (attached) will be discussed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, but the producers of this document have asked for any preliminary feedback/enquiries from members of the network. When reviewing the document please keep the following questions in mind:


·         With many more companies committing to “Net Positive Impact”, “No Net Loss” and “Zero Net Deforestation”, are we really familiar with the benefits and risks of such commitments, and how companies can put this into practice?


·         Could the draft Corporate Roadmap on NPI and its Appendices become a useful tool for companies to consider whether and how to plan a move towards NNL/NPI for biodiversity? Any suggestions for how we can improve it to be more useful to companies most gratefully received. Are any companies present willing to try using the Corporate Roadmap in their own internal planning and offer us some feedback?


Please send any feedback/comments/enquires directly to Amrei von Hase (



Past newsletter


In case you missed last month’s newsletter, please find an online version here.


Recent news, reminders & publications


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United Nations Environment Programme - We need to measure natural capital wealth, not income alone. With the endorsement of a resolution on Sustainable Management of Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction during the recently held United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, a new era of correcting the compass to measure sustainable human well-being has begun. Read the full article here.  



The Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment – this new publication presents state-of-the-art methodological guidance and discussion of international practice related to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment. A variety of case studies provide examples of the use of information on biodiversity and ecosystem services in different types of impact assessment to improve decisions at all levels, from strategic choices to individual projects. You can read the introduction and abstracts of the chapters here.





Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Boost African, Asian Energy Access and Building, Lighting Efficiency. During the month of July, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released data demonstrating the growing market share of renewable energy, which has reached 13.8% of the world's primary energy supply and nearly a quarter of electricity production. Over the course of July, significant public investments in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency were announced, with financing for energy access largely focused on Asia and Africa, while renewable energy investments tended to be in Europe. The energy efficiency initiatives announced focused on the building and lighting sectors in a variety of countries. More information can be found here.



E-learning course:  “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa”. We would like to remind you that the pilot edition of the e-learning course “Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa” will take place from 5 September – 28 October 2016. A large number of fellowships for the course are available for policy-makers and practitioners from African countries! The course will be delivered in parallel in English and French language. Register here.


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The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is pleased to share with you a new publication on “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa”. This publication considers common issues relating to the status of, trends in, and threats facing SEPLS and what needs to be done for their revitalization, conservation and sustainable management. It compiles 12 SEPLS-related case studies from six African countries: Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.


Download the full publication here.



Job  Listings


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Ocean Health Index Manager – Conservation International. The Ocean Health Index Manager will be in charge of both the procedural and technical management of the Africa Division Ocean Health Index Initiative, working closely with the Ocean Health Index Team as well as with CI regional and country staff within the Africa Division. Apply here.


Birds of Prey Programme Manager: South Africa Vacancy. The mission of the EWT’s Birds of Prey Programme is to action, support and coordinate conservation projects for nocturnal and diurnal raptors and vultures in southern Africa and to achieve measurable results through considered and informed implementation strategies. Apply here.

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Competence Area Manager: Ecosystems Services. The CSIR has a vacancy for a Competence Area Manager (CAM) in the Ecosystems Services competence area within the Natural Resources and the Environmental (NRE) unit. The incumbent will be responsible for the strategy, planning and outcomes of the competence area. Apply here.


Upcoming national and regional events


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Skills drought in the Water sector – an NSTF Discussion Forum - 26-27 September 2016,

Kempton Park, Gauteng. The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a national Discussion Forum on Water Management and Skills. This is done in collaboration with the Water Research Commission (WRC), and the representatives of all Science Councils and Statutory Bodies that are members of the NSTF. For a full programme click here or to RSVP click here.


24th September to 5th October 2016, Johannesburg. CITES CoP17 South Africa. CITES announced the world wildlife conference in Johannesburg in 2016 which aims to bring the global community together to tackle the world's biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities. For further information click here.


Sustainable Development Goals

20 January 2017, Cape Town - Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum). the UN World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum) is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society.


The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will host the African ESP Conference (21-25th November 2016) in Kenya. They are currently open for session proposals related to 'Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa'. Proposals should be submitted before 31st May. Should you wish to become an active supporter of the African Ecosystem Services Conference 2016: Please see the sponsorship page for more information.

 International events, publications and news

To be held on the 5-6th of October 2016 in Madrid, Spain, the Natural Capital Summit is an event that aims to introduce the natural capital concept and the opportunities associated with its integration in the organisational structure, as well as showing different international initiatives and study cases which are being developed worldwide by a wide range of organisations from different sectors. For further information visit the website.

The Dutch Platform for Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (BEE) is delighted to announce the international conference, Natural Capital: Let's talk business! The conference will be held 23-25 November 2016 at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. The conference will allow participants to exchange experiences with business leaders, from CEOs to start-ups, as well as attend workshops, exhibitions and networking events. More details here.

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The Natural Capital Project invites you to join the 2017 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University from March 20-23, 2017. Featuring keynote speakers Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, and Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, this event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. More details 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 Hawaii, and a public forum will take place from 2-5th September. For more information click here.

21-22 September 2016, New York - International Conference on Sustainable Development. The 4th annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), themed ‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice,' will bring together members of the research, policy, practice and business communities to share practical solutions for achieving the SDG’s at local and national levels. For more information please click here.



4 – 17th December 2016, Mexico. 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Biological Diversity. The 13th meeting of the COP to the CBD the 8th meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the 2nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back in Mexico. More information here.



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