In this issue

·         Upcoming NBBN event

·         Latest activities under the NBBN

·         National event

·         International news and articles



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
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Welcome to the December 2014 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

The NBBN had a busy year in 2014 with eight events presented across the country, covering various subjects and sectors. In 2015, with the backing of its partners, and its steadily growing list of members, the NBBN will continue to provide an important national platform to stimulate a strategic discussion around biodiversity and business and the development of a national agenda in this context. The NBBN wishes you a safe festive season and a  happy New Year!

To distribute any biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the next newsletter, please forward the information to myself ( before 24 December 2014.


Upcoming NBBN event

February 2015

·         South Africa’s first NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY AND BUSINESS INDABA will take place on 25-26 February 2015 at GIBS in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa. The cost for the 2 days is R1200 and includes all refreshments and lunches, as well as a cocktail party on the first evening. The draft Indaba programme is attached. Please note that we have a limited number of seats for the Indaba, so please RSVP asap by sending an email to Shelley at


Latest activities under the NBBN

·         A training session entitled “MAINTREAMING BIODIVERSITY INTO BUSINESS; WHY, WHEN, HOW” took place at GIBS, in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa on 13 November 2014, South Africa.

·         The NBBN hosted a session entitled “Mainstreaming of biodiversity into business: lessons and solutions for sustainable development from South Africa in the Business and Biodiversity Pavilion, on 18 November 2014 at the World Parks Congress which took place in Sydney, Australia from 12-19 November 2014. 

National event and news

The International Conference on “Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Growth/Economy”, is taking place at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa from 26-28 May, 2015. For further details click here.

The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) is inviting papers in several thematic areas for the Responsible Natural Resources Economies (RNRE) programme. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 14 December 2014. For more information click here.


International news and articles

The “Biodiversity Criteria in Standards and Quality Labels of the Food Sector” initiative recently published a guide with recommendations to integrate the conservation of biodiversity in their standard policy and criteria for products or production processes. For more information click here.

To read an article published by Groundswell entitled “The Bottom Line: Patagonia, North Face, and the Myth of Green Consumerismclick here.

The Natural Capital Declaration (NCD) and Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) recently convened two workshops, the outcomes of which include pilot projects on mapping capital risks and guidelines for valuing natural capital in business decisions. For more information click here.

An analysis of how measures to protect biodiversity are integrated into tourism Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards and awards has been published by adelphi, ECOTRANS e.V. and the Global Nature Fund. For more information click here. 

A guideline for Business and Actions for Biodiversity has been published which gives recommendations for companies on how to support biodiversity in various aspects. For more information click here.

Humanity’s demand on the planet is more than 50 percent larger than what nature can renew, according to Global Footprint Network’s latest data, published in the 2014 edition of the Living Planet Report. To view this report. click here.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has launched its updated standard for sustainable fishing. Version 2.0 of the MSC’s Fisheries Certification Requirements reflects the most up-to-date understanding of fishery science and management. For more information click here.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. To read more click here.

To read an article published by GreenBiz entitled “Tree hugging can create a competitive advantage, says the Caron Disclosure Projectclick here.



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