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In this issue

·        ഀ Upcoming NBBN events

·        ഀ National news

·        ഀ International news, publications andഀ events

 

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Other News

Please find attached to this newsletter a consultancyഀ announcement from the IUCN Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) Programme for the development of the content for the SADCഀ Extractive Industries and biodiversity guidelines. The deadline forഀ submission of applications is 27th February 2015 and the deadlineഀ for the work to be completed is the 27th April 2015. Applicationsഀ are to be submitted to Christine Mentzel, e-mail address: Christine.Mentzel@iucn.org .

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Contact us

For further information on the NBBN or related activitiesഀ please contact:

Shelley Lizzio
ഀ Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network
ഀ Endangered Wildlife Trust
ഀ W + 27 11 372 3600 | F + 27 11 608 4682 | C + 27 72 210 2085
ഀ Email:
shelleyl@ewt.org.za | Web: www.ewt.org.za

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Welcome to the February 2015 issue of the Nationalഀ Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute any biodiversity and business relevantഀ information to the network in the next newsletter, please forward theഀ information to myself (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) before 25 February 2015.

 

Upcoming NBBN events

February 2015

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

 

National news

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According to the 2015 edition of the World Economicഀ Forum’s Global Risk Report, water and extreme weather crises are amongഀ the greatest risks the world currently faces. Justin Smith, Woolworthsഀ Head of Sustainability, talks about how to push the environment andഀ social development agenda to the fore of business strategy. For moreഀ information  click here.

 

International news, publications and events

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ECOTRANS presents recommendations for sustainabilityഀ labels and awards for the German tourism sector. More than 20 labels andഀ awards of sustainable tourism in Germany could considerably improve theirഀ standards concerning biodiversity. The provided recommendations highlightഀ how responsible tourism companies, destinations and tour operators canഀ make a difference. For more information click here.

On March 23-25, 2015 the Natural Capital Symposiumഀ will bring together a community of practice around the theme of ecosystemഀ service understanding informing decisions at the Stanford University. Aഀ variety of workshops, talks, discussions, and other sessions will be heldഀ in three primary tracks each day of this three-day symposium. Click here forഀ more information.

The UEBT and UTZ are pleased to announce that they areഀ launching a new joint program for sustainable herbal teas. Theഀ new herbal tea program seeks to contribute to market transformationഀ towards improved sustainability practices in the herbal tea sector. Thisഀ involves sustainable wild collection of herbs, promotion of long-termഀ relationships between producers and buyers, and promotion of biodiversityഀ conservation practices. For more information click here.

Technical conditions for positive outcomes fromഀ biodiversity offsets.ഀ The Biodiversity Consultancy published an input paper for the IUCNഀ Technical Study Group on Biodiversity Offsets, assessing suitableഀ conditions for biodiversity offset approaches as well as chances for noഀ net loss achievements. To download the study click here.

In January the third session of the Plenary of theഀ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystemഀ Services (IPBES-3) concluded with delegates adopting a number ofഀ decisions, including on: the work programme for 2014-2018; a stakeholderഀ engagement strategy; a communications and outreach strategy; theഀ financial and budgetary arrangements; and rules of procedure for theഀ Platform on, inter alia, the conflict of interest policy. For moreഀ information click here.

After one year of work, the outputs from the EUഀ Business @ Biodiversity Platform Workstream 1 on Natural Capitalഀ Accounting, Workstream 2 on Innovation for Biodiversity and Business andഀ Workstream 3 on Access to Finance and Innovative Finance Mechanisms areഀ now available online. To access these outputs click here.

 

 

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