In this issue  

  • Job Listings
  • National events, publications and news

·         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.




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Shelley Lizzio
Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network
Endangered Wildlife Trust
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Welcome to the May 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 ( by 23 June 2017.


Job  listings



The Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB) of the NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is advertising for a programme manager. Closing date for the submission of applications is 31 May. See advert attached.  

 National events, publications and news

Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA) 5th Annual conference.

The call for abstracts for the 5th annual LaRSSA conference is now open. The conference offers an exciting program exploring the changing climate in SA regarding rehabilitation as well as our response to Climate Change. Submission of abstracts has been extended to the 31 May 2017. To register or submit an abstract click here.  

14th Biodiversity Planning Forum

The 14th Biodiversity Planning Forum will be held from 20 to 23 June 2017 in the Kruger National Park. The theme for this year’s event is: Biodiversity prioritisation to support spatial planning for the rural economy. See attached invitation for more information.


A landmark case on climate change in South Africa

On 8 March 2017 the North Gauteng High Court in South Africa handed down judgment in the matter of Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg v The Minister of Environmental Affairs and others. Hailed as South Africa's first climate change court case the judgment floodlights the significance, place and principled approach to climate change impact assessment in the country's established and constitutionally-based system of environmental law. Click here.


International events, publications and news

Greening Consumption and Production: Free Online Course

This free, six-week facilitated course (31 May - 12 July 2017) is aimed at policymakers and practitioners working in the area of sustainable consumption and production. Participants will gain an overview of key issues related to sustainable consumption and production and sustainable commodity supply chains and will receive a certificate of completion. Click here.


Report assesses corporate SDB reporting

The UN Global Sustainability Index Initiative (UNGSII) released the ‘SDG Commitment Report 100’ (SCR 100). The document presents the first-ever analysis using annual reports as the sole metric to assess corporate commitments to the SDGs. The report aims to help investors identify the companies most aligned with long-term business and environmental needs. Click here.

Business for sustainable landscapes

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative (LPFN) have produced a report, Business for Sustainable Landscapes: An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. It underscores the numerous benefits that business can realise by investing in landscapes – from reducing their environmental and social risks to protecting their assets or sourcing area - by supporting vital biodiversity and ecosystems, such as forests, rivers and freshwater. Click here.


Business Initiatives Advance SDG Reporting, Engagement

The UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have launched the Action Platform for Reporting on the SDGs. The initiative aims to provide a framework for businesses to assess and report on their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using both the GRI Standards, a sustainability reporting standard, and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.  Click here.


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