In this issue

·         Upcoming NBBN events

·         National news

·         International news, publications and events

 

 

Other News

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

 

 

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 | F + 27 11 608 4682 | C + 27 72 210 2085
Email:
shelleyl@ewt.org.za | Web: www.ewt.org.za

 

Welcome to the February 2015 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 myself (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) before 25 February 2015.

 

Upcoming NBBN events

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 click. Please note that we have a limited number of seats for the Indaba, so please RSVP asap by sending an email to Shelley at shelleyl@ewt.org.za

 

National news

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

 

International news, publications and events

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

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

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

Technical conditions for positive outcomes from biodiversity offsets. The Biodiversity Consultancy published an input paper for the IUCN Technical Study Group on Biodiversity Offsets, assessing suitable conditions for biodiversity offset approaches as well as chances for no net loss achievements. To download the study click here.

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

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

 

 

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