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In this issue  

  • Register for the KZN & Cape Town Biodiversity & Business Indabas
  • 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
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

 

Welcome to the February 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 (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) by the 17th

March 2017.

 

REGISTER NOW!

2017 KZN BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA

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THEME: MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER – PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATIONS

16 & 17 March 2017

Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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

 

View the full programme attached to this email.

 

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

 

2017 KZN INDABA REGISTRATION FEE (incl VAT)

 

Regular fee

Discounted rate for NGOs

Per person for full event

R605

R405

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

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

2017 CAPE TOWN BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA

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5 & 6 April 2017

Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa

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

 

2017 CAPE TOWN INDABA REGISTRATION FEE (incl VAT)

 

Regular fee

Discounted rate for NGOs

Per person for full event

R605

R405

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

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

 

 

Past newsletter

 

In case you missed last month’s newsletter, please find an online version here.

 

National events, publications & news

Four Returns has changed its name to Grounded.

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

Click here.

First ever biodiversity tax incentive placed in a tax return

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

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National Vegetation Map Project

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

 

Job  Listings

 

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

 International events, publications & news

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GEF reviews experience in biodiversity mainstreaming

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a review of biodiversity mainstreaming efforts, including a review of the final evaluations of completed mainstreaming projects, aiming to identify best practices and lessons learned. Click here.

Species diversity throughout the food chain maintains multiple ecosystem services more effectively

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

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

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

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

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

The SDGs: A US$12 trillion opportunity for business

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

Private MPA management through ecotourism

The main threats to biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries in Zanzibar are overexploitation of natural resources and lack of environmental awareness. The Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. has developed a financially sustainable model of private MPA establishment and management through ecotourism which benefits local communities by promoting food security, sustainable fisheries, alternative livelihoods and implementing environmental education programmes. Click here.

Sustainable Development Goals Atlas – public comment period launched

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

The 12th Edition of the Global Risks Report 2017

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

 

 

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