In this issue  

·         Report: African Cities Can Drive Sustainable Development Goals

·         Profile: Woolworths Releases New Sustainability Goals

·         Video: What is Natural Capital?

  • Recent news & reminders
  • Reviews and reports

·         Upcoming national and regional  events

  • International events, publications and 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.

Detailed proceedings of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are available for download click here.


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Welcome to the May 2016 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 Michael ( by the 25th June 2016.


Report: African Cities Can Drive Sustainable Development Goals


African Economic Outlook 2016: Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation


With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, the way that Africa urbanizes will determine the region's future growth and development, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2016. This year's report focuses on the theme, ‘Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation.' It was released during the 51st African Development Bank Annual Meetings, which took place from 23-27 May 2016, in Lusaka, Zambia. To read a copy of the full report please click here or on the image above.


Urbanisation is a megatrend transforming African societies profoundly. Two-thirds of the investments in urban infrastructure until 2050 have yet to be made. The scope is large for new, wide-ranging urban policies to turn African cities and towns into engines of growth and sustainable development for the continent as a whole.


“Africa’s ongoing, multi-faceted urban transition and the densification it produces offer new opportunities for improving economic and social development while protecting the environment in a holistic manner. These openings can be better harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – especially SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities – and the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063,” said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. “The benefits could accrue for both urban and rural dwellers, provided governments adopt an integrated approach,” he added.


For a full list of the 17 proposed sustainable development goals and summaries of their targets please click the image below.


Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL) challenges itself to bold, Group-wide sustainability targets


 24th May 2016 - Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL) is on an ambitious journey of continuous change in the way it does business and has put sustainability at the core of its strategy. Central to this is the setting of sustainability targets for the Group, and WHL is proud to announce its Good Business Journey (GBJ) goals for 2020.


The WHL Group GBJ 2020 commitments are a progression of its earlier journey and include:

•           Contributing over R3.5-billion across WHL to communities over the next 5 years;

•           Saving 500 billion litres of water over 5 years;

•           Ensuring the company halves its energy impact by 2020;

•           Ensuring the company achieves 100% clean energy by 2030;

•           Driving responsible sourcing of all key commodities by 2020; and

•           Affirming that every private-label product sold has at least one sustainability

             attribute by 2020.


For a copy of WHL’s 2015 Good Business Journey report, please click here.


“These goals are bold but achievable with the collaboration and commitment of our colleagues, our suppliers and our customers,” concluded Ian Moir, WHL Group CEO.



VIDEO: What is Natural Capital?


It can seem relatively straight-forward to word a definition of Natural Capital, such as, ‘the value of nature’ or the ‘world’s stocks of natural assets’. However understanding how businesses, whether they realise it or not, rely on Natural Capital and the services that stem from it can be more complex. For modern businesses, the degradation of ecosystems that is happening today means risks, both now and in the future, for those that don’t recognize how and why natural capital is material for them. Where there is risk however, there is also opportunity – to secure natural resources, to save costs, to manage future risks and engage stakeholders through the value chain.


Please click on the image below to view an insightful video on Natural Capital and how businesses depend on it, produced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.





Past newsletter


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


Recent news & reminders


The Search is on for LOCAL SDG PIONEERS: Up to ten Local entrepreneurs, business leaders and change-makers will be announced at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (22-23rd June 2016 in New York). Nominations are rolling in from individuals around the world who believe they and/or one of their colleagues are Local SDG Pioneers.

IPIECA – The Global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues – have developed the Water Risk Assessment e-learning training course, which aims to improve uptake and implementation whilst helping companies effectively, efficiently and easily monitor, access and manage water risks. 


Reviews and Reports

23rd May, 2016 - ZERO HOUR: Poor Governance of Mining and the Violation of Environmental

Rights in Mpumalanga. A detailed report developed by the Center for Environmental Rights (CER) states that Mpumalanga faces environmental threats that will have dire consequences for South Africa’s future prosperity. This report was compiled using an in-depth review of evidence spanning more than five years, including academic studies, reports, litigation and pre-litigation cases, access to information requests and portfolio committee submissions. Read the full report here.

REPORT: State of Sustainability Initiatives Review: Standards and the Blue Economy.

The SSI Review: Standards and the Blue Economy takes a deep dive into the market and performance trends of the 9 most prevalent seafood certification schemes operating in the wild catch and aquaculture sectors. The Review provides a reference point for buyers, producers, policy makers and consumers in deciding how best to apply voluntary standards in their own decision-making processes. Read the full report here.


Upcoming national and regional events

2016 Sustainability Week 1

Sustainability Week 2016 - May 31st to June 5th 2016. CSIR, Pretoria. Advancing the Green Economy - through its innovative and interconnected event construction, delegates at Sustainability Week, are exposed to the need to balance interests in a bid to achieve the most appropriate approach to each decision. For a list of seminars, registration details and costs please click here.

13th National Biodiversity Planning Forum, June 7-10th 2016, Wilderness, Western Cape. The Biodiversity Planning Forum, established in 2004, provides an opportunity for individuals, agencies and departments involved in spatial biodiversity planning to share and synthesise valuable lessons from systematic biodiversity planning projects across South Africa. The invitation for registration is available here.


51st Annual Congress of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa, 3-8th July 2016: The Annual Congress will be hosted by the Western Cape Province at the Wilderness Hotel Resort and Spa, Wilderness, situated 10 km from George and 23 km from George Airport (airport shuttle will be available). The event will also include a Research Skills Workshop and an Invasive Species Workshop. More details here.


Earth Expo 2016 Montecasino, Fourways, 11-14th August. The Earth Expo aims to educate and inspire sustainable living. The exhibition will showcase a diverse range of products and services to encourage visitors to make more sustainable choices in their daily lives. There will also be a number of informative workshops hosted by experts that will cover a broad range of topics from permaculture, aquaponics, and gardening to health, nutrition, and building technologies. Visit the website here for more details.


June 1st through July 26th 2016. Online course for Protected Area Systems: Management and Design. It is a facilitated course, with a certificate of completion provided by the United Nations Development Programme. The course is aimed at protected area practitioners and managers who are primarily working with protected area systems. By taking this 8-week facilitated course, participants will gain an overview of key issues related to the design and management of protected area systems, and will have a chance to interact with world-known protected area specialists from the United Nations Development Programme, NGOs and national specialists. Access further information here or register now.


The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will host the African ESP Conference (21 -25th November 2016) in Kenya. They are currently open for session  proposals related to 'Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa'. Proposals should be submitted before 31st May. Should you wish to become an active supporter of the African Ecosystem Services Conference 2016: Please check the sponsorship page for more information.

 International events, publications and news

The Dutch Platform for Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (BEE) is delighted to announce the international conference, Natural Capital: Let's talk business! The conference will be held 23-25 November 2016 at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. The conference will allow participants to exchange experiences with business leaders, from CEOs to start-ups, as well as attend workshops, exhibitions and networking events. More details here.


IPIECA launched the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) fundamentals - guidance document for the oil and gas sector in April 2016 at the HSSE-SR SPE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. This exciting piece of work draws on all previous BES work to provide guidance for the management of BES impacts, dependencies, risks and opportunities in the oil and gas sector. To watch the promotional video and download the BES fundamentals PDF: click here.



The World Conservation Congress 2016, September 2016. Every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together thousands of decision-makers from government, civil society, business and academia. 'Planet at the crossroads' is the theme of the next Congress, which will be held in Hawaii, and a public forum will take place from 2-5th September. For more information click here.


24th September to 5th October 2016, Johannesburg. CITES CoP17 venue and dates for 2016 in South Africa. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) announced the world wildlife conference in Johannesburg in 2016 which aims to bring the global community together to tackle the world's biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities. For further information visit the CITES website  or email.


5th June, 2016. World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. WED 2016 is themed on the illegal trade in wildlife under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life'. Visit the official website.



4 – 17th December 2016 – Cancun, Mexico. 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Biological Diversity. The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back in Mexico. Registration documents available here.




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