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Inഀ this issue  

  • Registerഀ for the KZN & Cape Town Biodiversity &ഀ Business Indabas
  • National events, publications & news
  • Jobഀ Listings

·       International events, publications & news


Otherഀ News

The DEA-NBBN publication entitled “Overview of currentഀ approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreamingഀ of biodiversity: a preliminary baseline assessment” can be downloadedഀ by clicking here.




Contactഀ 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 | Ext 64 | 

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 2017 issue of theഀ National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute anyഀ biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the nextഀ newsletter, please forward the information to Shelley Lizzio (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) byഀ the 17th

March 2017.


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16 & 17 March 2017

Mount Edgecombe,ഀ KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Building on the success of the NBBN’sഀ Gauteng Indabas in 2015 and 2016, we are pleased to announce theഀ programme for the first KZN National Biodiversity and Business Networkഀ Indaba, to be held at the South African Sugar Association’s offices inഀ Mount Edgecombe on the 16th and 17th of March,ഀ 2017. The aim of the Indaba is to provide a dynamic platform to enable aഀ collective discussion to improve the mainstreaming of biodiversityഀ considerations into business in Africa.


View the full programmeഀ attached to this email.


REGISTRATION: Registration closes onഀ 10 March. To register please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccaM@ewt.org.za.


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Regularഀ fee

Discountedഀ rate for NGOs

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SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorshipഀ opportunities exist for those organisations that wish to have their namesഀ associated with the above events. For more information on our variety ofഀ prime sponsorship opportunities please contact myself at shelleyL@ewt.org.za / 011 372ഀ 3600.



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5 & 6 April 2017

Pinelands, Cape Town, Southഀ Africa

REGISTRATION: Registration closes onഀ 29 March. To register please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccaM@ewt.org.za.


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Regularഀ fee

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“Look out for theഀ programme for this event which will be distributed by mid-March!”

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorshipഀ opportunities exist for those organisations that wish to have their namesഀ associated with this event. For more information on our variety of primeഀ sponsorship opportunities please contact myself at shelleyL@ewt.org.za / 011 372ഀ 3600.



Pastഀ newsletter


Inഀ case you missed last month’s newsletter, please find an onlineഀ version here.


National events, publications & news

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Four Returns hasഀ changed its name to Grounded.

Grounded works withഀ farmers to develop regenerative businesses. These businesses establish aഀ healthier and more profitable balance between nature and agriculture,ഀ while shortening the value chain between producers and consumers. Weഀ currently have projects in South Africa, Zambia and Madagascar - you canഀ find more information about all of this on our website.

Click here.

First everഀ biodiversity tax incentive placed in a tax return

The very firstഀ biodiversity tax incentive for a formally declared Protected Area inഀ South Africa has been accessed on behalf of a private landowner. Thisഀ forms part of the project from BirdLife to investigate how practical theഀ fiscal tax incentives really are for private / communal landowners thatഀ declare their land under the NEM: PAA. For more information contactഀ Candice at candice.stevens@birdlife.org.za


National Vegetationഀ Map Project

The BGIS website hasഀ been updated and now contains the National Vegetation Map Project. Click here.  


Job ഀ Listings


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To advertiseഀ vacancies, bursaries or scholarships here please email details to Shelleyഀ Lizzio at shelleyl@ewt.org.za.

 International events, publications &ഀ news

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GEF reviewsഀ experience in biodiversity mainstreaming

The Globalഀ Environment Facility (GEF) has published a review of biodiversityഀ mainstreaming efforts, including a review of the final evaluations ofഀ completed mainstreaming projects, aiming to identify best practices andഀ lessons learned. Clickഀ here.

Species diversityഀ throughout the food chain maintains multiple ecosystem services moreഀ effectively

Biodiversity’sഀ contribution to ecosystem services in grasslands — at different levels ofഀ the food chain (known as trophic levels) — has been assessed in a newഀ study. Higher species diversity across trophic levels — particularly forഀ plants, insects and soil microbial decomposers — is important for theഀ provision of multiple ecosystem services related to food production, recreationalഀ benefits, or climate regulation. Clickഀ here.

Invitation to comment onഀ guidelines for business operating in or around Key Biodiversity Areas

Draft 2 of theഀ “Principles and Recommendations for Responsible Business Operations inഀ and around Key Biodiversity Areas” is now available for publicഀ consultation until 10 March 2017. This draft is the result of aഀ collaborative project of the KBA Partnership coordinated by IUCN. Click here.

Diverse plantഀ communities improve soil structure and, therefore, ecosystem services

Plant diversityഀ improves soil stability, the results of a greenhouse experiment and aഀ long-term field study show. This study is one of the first to investigateഀ the effects of plant diversity on soil structure, which is important forഀ provision of ecosystem services, such as carbon storage and theഀ mitigation of excessive run-off. The findings could help tackle theഀ problem of soil degradation. Clickഀ here.

The SDGs: A US$12ഀ trillion opportunity for business

Companies that alignഀ their business strategies with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goalsഀ (SDGs) in four key sectors have the opportunity to unlock more than US$12ഀ trillion and create 380 million jobs by 2030. This was the key finding ofഀ the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, whose “Betterഀ Business, Better World” report identified 60 ‘hotspots’ ripe forഀ corporate engagement and investment, and offered six ways for companiesഀ to become champions of the SDGs. Clickഀ here.

Private MPA managementഀ through ecotourism

The main threats to biodiversityഀ conservation and sustainable fisheries in Zanzibar are overexploitation ofഀ natural resources and lack of environmental awareness. The Chumbe Islandഀ Coral Park Ltd. has developed a financially sustainable model of privateഀ MPA establishment and management through ecotourism which benefits localഀ communities by promoting food security, sustainable fisheries,ഀ alternative livelihoods and implementing environmental educationഀ programmes. Clickഀ here.

Sustainable Developmentഀ Goals Atlas – public comment period launched

IPEICA, United Nations Developmentഀ Programme (UNDP), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) haveഀ been working on a report - Mapping the Oil and Gas Industry to theഀ Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas (“the Atlas”). The Atlas exploresഀ the links between the oil and gas industry and the Sustainableഀ Development Goals (SDGs) and seeks to facilitate a shared understandingഀ of how the oil and gas industry can most effectively support theഀ achievement of the SDGs. The Atlas is being released as a draft forഀ public comment from 13 February to 31 March 2017. Click here.

The 12th Edition of theഀ Global Risks Report 2017

The 12th Edition of theഀ Global Risks Report highlights the most significant long-term risks toഀ doing business around the globe from the past 10 years and focuses onഀ five priorities facing 2017, and the efforts required to minimise theഀ impacts of these risks. Click here.



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