In this issue  

  • REGISTER NOW - 2017 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba
  • Breakfast dialogue: Mainstreaming Natural Capital in the Private Sector – 1 September 2017
  • 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.




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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C + 27 72 210 2085
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Welcome to the August 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 22 September 2017.



2017 NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA cid:image002.jpg@01D27B90.4838BA30

Theme: Biodiversity for Better Business

24 & 25 October 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa

The programme for the 2017 Biodiversity and Business Indaba will be announced by mid-September.

Register for the 2017 event by emailing Shelley at

2017 Indaba Registration Fee


Early bird (by end September)

Normal (from 1 October)

Per person



Per person +1*

R1200 (each)

R1600 (each)

One day only



* attendees who register a second person who was not at last year’s Indaba

Detailed proceedings of last year’s National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are attached to this email.



The NBBN will be speaking at:


Mainstreaming Natural Capital in the Private Sector

Join speakers from a range of NGO and private entities to discuss the mainstreaming of natural capital in the private sector! Case studies from across Africa will be highlighted and discussed through an interactive Q&A


Where: Responsible Business Forum 2017 Johannesburg

Event website:

Date: September 1st, 2017

Time: 7:30AM – 8:45AM

(tea and coffee at registration desk from 7AM onwards)

Location: Private Dining Room, The Maslow Hotel

Contact: Kim, or Shelley,

Be sure to register your attendance in advance!

Register for the ‘Conservation International Breakfast Dialogue’ using the promotion code CONSINTRBFAF17F for a full discount to attend!


National events, publications & news


2017 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice,  6 to 10 November 2017, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This symposium offers a platform for the conservation community to share and explore issues and recent developments in the science and practice of conservation, and in understanding and communicating the value of biodiversity to society. Click here for more information.

The 2017 Industrial Efficiency Conference

The Industrial Efficiency Conference 2017 will take place on 14 and 15 September 2017 at Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town. There is no charge, but registration is essential. Theme: Focus on water - making every drop count through Industrial Water Efficiency. To register click here.



Job  Listings



To advertise vacancies, bursaries or scholarships here please email details to Shelley Lizzio at

 International events, publications & news

Highlights from IUCN's business engagement

IUCN collaborates with business at the company and sector level as well as across sectors around the world. It also works with associations and organisations concerned with promoting good business practices. The new Highlights 2016 report shows how the Business and Biodiversity Prorgramme is advancing key biodiversity conservation and sustainable development goals through activities with its partners, including the Natural Capital Coalition, Nespresso, Rio Tinto, Shell, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and others. Click here.

IUCN unveils new protocol for measuring progress towards biodiversity net gain                                                                

The IUCN Review Protocol for Biodiversity Net Gain aims to assist companies and governments interested in not only minimising their environmental impact, but delivering a net gain for biodiversity on their project sites. Drawing on years of experience working with Rio Tinto and input from others engaged in on-site biodiversity management, the protocol is a step-by-step guide for project managers to measure their progress on achieving their biodiversity net gain targets. To read more click here.

ESP9 World Conference in Shenzhen, China from 11-15 December 2017

Registration for the Ecosystem Services Partnership has opened and is possible until 26 November. For more information click here.


SDG Report 2017 Provides Overview of Efforts to Achieve SDGs

Greater efforts are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a report prepared by the UN Statistics Division that reviews progress made towards the SDGs during the first two years of their implementation. The report provides an overview of implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action is required. Click here.


2017 World Forum on Natural Capital

Bookings are now open for the 2017 World Forum on Natural Capital. Policy-makers and senior decision-makers from business, finance, government and civil society are expected to descend on the capital of Scotland, to engage in two days of dynamic and interactive parallel sessions and networking. For more information click here.

Business, biodiversity & natural capital – Ambitions, risks & opportunities

The EU B@B Platform of the European Commission and the Global Nature Fund (GNF) are joining forces in tackling the challenge for businesses in integrating biodiversity and natural capital. Two conferences under the common motto “Business, biodiversity & natural capital | Ambitions, risks & opportunities” will bring frontrunners and newcomers together with leading scientists, government officials and nature conservation organisations in Frankfurt/Main on 4th and 5th October 2017. Click here.


Initiative for a better integration of biodiversity in the Natural Capital Protocol

In recognition of the biodiversity challenges that remain with the Protocol, the Natural Capital Coalition has launched a project, led by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), to strengthen biodiversity in the Protocol and associated sector guides. If you are working on biodiversity and natural capital, and would like to get involved in this approach to harmonize all relevant work please contact either the CCI team ( or the Coalition ( for more information.