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In this issue  

  • NBBN Partner Profile: Hatch Africa
  • 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba
  • Recent news, reminders & publications
  • Job Listings

·       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.

 

 

 

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 | 

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Email
: shelleyl@ewt.org.za | Web: www.ewt.org.za

 

Welcome to the October 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 Shelley Lizzio (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) by the 13th

December 2016.

 

NBBN Partner Profile

 

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Hatch Africa

Established in 1955, Hatch is an employee-owned company of approximately 9000 employees in 65 offices worldwide, with over 50 years involvement in the Mining and Metals, Energy and Infrastructure sectors. Hatch Africa specialises in offering comprehensive engineering, project management, design, planning, management and environmental consulting and operational support services to public and private clients.

Hatch’s combination of strong local presence together with worldwide support allows us to focus the power of our global talent base on the specific needs of each project. Their clients’ challenges are transforming the way Hatch conducts its business. Hatch understands that its clients’ needs are changing rapidly and that they need a partner who is proactive in identifying the critical and long-term issues affecting their business as well as the environment.

In March 2016 Hatch unveiled its new visual identity, which is being supported by a revised company structure. Building on the theme of positive change, Hatch aims to continue to make a positive change to their client’s challenges and also the impact Hatch can have on the communities and environments they operate in.

Focus on Environmental Issues

Hatch has offered a broad range of environmental services to clients for many years. The Environmental Services Group (ESG) within Hatch provides a focused delivery platform for a range of environmental, social and sustainability solutions to their clients.

Hatch applies focused environmental services at each phase of a project, ensuring that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are recognized and considered at the most opportune moment, thus improving the overall sustainability of projects as well as having the least amount of impact on the project site and on the country’s biodiversity.

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The Environmental Services Group also offers the most comprehensive environmental and community interface solution by integrating the social, community and environmental aspects within a project with the engineering and overall project management functions. ESG is dedicated to providing solutions to impacts created through engineering design to preserve the ecosystem services and biodiversity associated with projects.

Biodiversity Projects

Within big and small projects managed by the engineers, ESG makes sure that all the project activities conducted are licensed properly and the environment and biodiversity within the site location are considered and protected before the project commences, during construction and as part of the project operation. Hatch has been a part of many projects that either prevented the destruction of biodiversity or increased the biodiversity footprint within the project site. The following are some of the Hatch projects where their involvement has had a positive impact on biodiversity:

Dingleton Resettlement Project

OCP - Afripanel Housing Photo 3Kumba Iron Ore, required the relocation of the town of Dingleton to obtain access to additional mine resources. Hatch was responsible for environmental compliance for the duration of the project. Part of this project was to move and replace the indigenous vegetation which the contractors were not able to work around.  As a result of this over 475 trees were replanted in and around Dingleton. Trees that could not be replanted or saved were replaced with indigenous trees around the Dingleton site.

Kangra Coal Project

Kangra Coal was considering expanding their coal mining operations at the Savmore Colliery to include the Kusipongo coal resource, situated to the west of the existing operations. Hatch undertook the concept, pre-feasibility and feasibilities studies, and managed the Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP) undertaking the Environmental Authorisation process.

This project location, unfortunately, was very close to significant and ecologically valuable wetlands. These wetlands support numerous faunal and floral species of conservation importance. Hatch’s environmental consulting team played an important role in the protection and ultimately the conservation of these wetlands. The team was able to advise the engineers in repositioning the mine infrastructure in such a way that the wetlands could be avoided and left undisturbed.  

Living Their Environmental Commitments

One of the main reasons for the relocation of Hatch’s Gauteng offices was due to the huge amount of resources which Hatch used on a monthly basis. The new building which Hatch has now moved into comprises many different sustainable and environmentally friendly elements. Some of these elements include:

-            Energy-saving initiative such as motion-sensor low-energy lights;

-            Air conditioning systems that uses chilled water systems to cool the building;

-            Sun screening on the east and west facades to control the intake of sunlight and also helps to control the building’s temperature;

-            Rain water harvesting system located within the premises that is used to water the gardens;

-            Dedicated recycling area in the building used to recycle office waste but also employees used it to dispose of their own recyclable waste from home;

-            In 2015 Hatch recycled 20 547 Kilograms of waste and hope to set specific waste reduction targets in the next financial year;

-            All water feature and air conditioners are set to turn off at specific times so there is no wastage of energy beyond working hours;

-            Hatch has a retention pond on site that not only reduces run-off and erosion but also acts as a man-made wetland for the office area;

-            Hatch only uses biodegradable cleaning material;

-            The catering service only uses recyclable materials in the canteen; and

-            The site itself was an old dumping site that was rehabilitated and then converted into an office building with more than 200 new indigenous trees with extensive indigenous landscaping.

Hatch is also planning a few other initiatives to minimise its environmental footprint and increase the biodiversity in and around the building. These include owl boxes and bee hives among others.

 

Committed to Sustainability

Hatch recognises that sustainability requires the optimization of environmental, social and economic outcomes. Sustainability is at the core of how Hatch delivers value to their clients as a socially responsible company. This overarching policy provides the framework for setting and reviewing Hatch’s environmental, social and economic objectives and targets.

Hatch’s Commitments

-            We seek innovative solutions that contribute to sustainable results.

-            We commit to continual improvement and promote activities towards prevention of pollution.

-            We comply with applicable legal requirements and with other requirements to which Hatch subscribes.

-            We work in teams and in partnerships and engage with all stakeholders affected by our projects.

Responsible Energy

Hatch is committed to responsible environmental management and due to the hard work of the entire ESG team worldwide Hatch continues to maintain its ISO 140001 certification. ISO 14001 certification is an example of Hatch’s continued commitment to do the right thing for the environment, while looking for ways to remain competitive everywhere Hatch conducts business.

Environmental Awareness Campaign

In the last year Hatch has been striving to increase the environmental awareness within the company. The environmental group started a campaign where emails were sent out for various national and international environmental days to increase awareness around the office. Within these emails the specific day was explained and employees encouraged to support the specific initiative on that day.

Partnering for Biodiversity

Hatch has always shown a strong commitment to sustainability and responsible environmental awareness. Over and above any legislative guidelines with which the company must comply, Hatch has shown an active interest in understanding its own impacts as well as those of its clients on the natural environment. Actively seeking to remain competitive and go beyond compliance, Hatch is one of the founding partners of the NBBN and has been an active partner in the network since its inception. Not only has the company provided platforms and opportunities to expand the knowledgebase around business and biodiversity, it has taken on board many of the learnings and recommendations developed by the network. The NBBN would like to acknowledge Hatch’s significant contribution to the ongoing success of the network and its support of new, and existing, partners of the NBBN going forward.

 

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2016 BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA FEEDBACK REPORT

Theme: Transforming risk into opportunity

25 & 26 October 2016

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The second annual National Biodiversity and Business Indaba was a resounding success with over a hundred people attending this sold-out event. Building on the remarkable success of the first Indaba held in 2015, the 2016 event attracted a diverse range of people from corporate South Africa, government, industry and various NGOs. The Indaba was held over two days in Johannesburg and through a range of presentations, case studies, roundtable discussion and key-note addresses the attendees learned how biodiversity loss is coming to the fore in the business world, where businesses are impacting and indeed where they are dependent on this declining resource.

 

 

Natural capital, including water, soil and biodiversity, is essential for the country’s development and businesses success. Therefore, the management of biodiversity has to become an essential component of the formal risk management and governance of businesses. With this in mind, the theme for this year’s Indaba was ‘Transforming risk into opportunity’ which provided delegates with practical insights into how their business can identify and act on risks and opportunities in this rapidly evolving field.

 

Seeking to not only provide information and content, but also to search for solutions, prominent representatives of business, government and the NGO sector were present at the Indaba and through various round-table discussion sessions, tackled the difficult questions and brainstormed the necessary solutions to one of our world’s most pressing problems – biodiversity loss.

 

Eskom’s Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Mandy Rhambaros and the CEO of Vedanta’s Zinc International, Deshnee Naidoo presented the keynote addresses. Other prominent speakers included the CEO of Hatch Africa, Pierre Oliver, the National Business Initiative’s Lead on Climate Change and Water, Steve Nicholls, PriceWaterhouse Coopers’ Senior Manager in Sustainability and Integrated Reporting, Chantal van der Watt, Rio Tinto’s Principal Advisor for Environment, Dr Theresia Ott, the IUCN’s Regional Technical Coordinator on Business, Economics and Biodiversity, Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney and the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Chief Policy Advisor on Strategic Environmental Intelligence, Peter Lukey, amongst others.

 

 

"Large, medium and small businesses attended the Indaba as a proactive step towards furthering their understanding of the risks and opportunities that biodiversity presents to their bottom line and learning about how best to respond to them so as to remain competitive in our fast-changing world." said Shelley Lizzio, Manager of the NBBN.

 

"At the 2016 NBBN Indaba we were focusing on the true business case for biodiversity and hard-nosed economics. Through the Indaba, we linked scientific evidence with business priorities and opportunities," added Shelley. On both days of the event, break-away sessions were held which focussed on the most pertinent issues facing business with regard to biodiversity. Each session was facilitated by a subject-matter expert and attendees brought their own case studies for discussion and analysis.

 

Detailed proceedings and solutions from the event will be distributed to members of the NBBN network in the coming weeks. Presentations from the Indaba are available for download on the National Biodiversity and Business Network website.

 

 

 

 

Past newsletter

 

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

 

Recent news, reminders & publications

 

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Business and Biodiversity Pledge. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, together with the Government of Mexico, is inviting businesses and financial institutions to become a signatory to the Business and Biodiversity Pledge. The Pledge is now open for signature here. Interested businesses and financial institutions can submit the signed pledge to secretariat@cbd.int, together with a logo of their organization. More information here.

A new manual titled “Biodiversity Monitoring for Natural Resource Management ¯ An Introductory Manual” provides succinct practical guidance for planning biodiversity monitoring. It addresses some of the principal questions, issues and pit-falls in biodiversity monitoring, and offers selected references and download links to further reading. The manual, produced by the SNRD Asia, is available online here.

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The Financial System We Need: From Momentum to Transformation. Reveals a doubling in policy actions over the past five years to align the global financial system with sustainable development. Produced by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Inquiry initiative. Read the full report here.

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REPORT: A framework for a green infrastructure planning approach in the Gauteng City-Region. As the population, economy and urban built environment in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) expand, government is increasingly under pressure to provide urban infrastructure to support growth. It is increasingly important that this infrastructure is sustainable, minimising the negative environmental impacts often associated with traditional forms of urban development. Download a copy of the report here.

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Mainstreaming biodiversity into land-use regulation and management at the municipal scale. Municipalities have an increasingly significant role to play in biodiversity conservation as part of their mandate to provide a safe and healthy environment for its residents. In South Africa, the majority of municipalities are characterised by high levels of poverty, unemployment and limited service delivery. Often these municipalities overlap with Critical Biodiversity Areas. Full article here.

 

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Oceans facts and futures: valuing South Africa’s ocean economy. Conservation of marine ecosystems is the foundation of ensuring that our oceans are able to produce goods and services which we rely on. Full article here.

 

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Unlocking Climate Finance to Build Resilience. Last year, the adoption of the Paris Agreement sent an unequivocal signal that the global economy will move along a low-carbon path. This year, attention has turned to the climate finance needed to achieve this goal. Read the full article here.

 

 

 

Job  Listings

 

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Deputy Director Natural Resource and Heritage Management. Overall management and coordination of natural and cultural resources of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site within the context of the Outstanding Universal Value of the site, management of the fossil sites and landowner agreements and liaison with stakeholders. Apply here.

Vedanata Resources - Natural Resources Company

Vendanta Resources - Biodiversity Manager. Looking for candidates with at an MSc level in subject related to biodiversity management, biodiversity background, preferably at least 10 years management experience, including BMS and BAP implementation.

Contact Vedanta Resources South Africa here.

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PWC - Sustainability Consultant - EU&M. To support sustainability and integrated reporting client engagements, mainly in the areas of auditing of contents of sustainable development reports and providing advice on sustainable development topics focusing on economic issues. Apply here.

 

Upcoming national and regional events

 

Sustainable Development Goals

20 January 2017, Cape Town - Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum). he UN World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum) is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society.

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The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will host the African ESP Conference (21-25th November 2016) in Kenya. The conference theme will be Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa. Discussions will focus on Africa’s contribution towards data and evidence on best practices for management, restoration of ecosystem services for decision making particularly towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Register here.

 International events, publications and news

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Fifth Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development. 22-24 November 2016, Singapore. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives are hosting the ‘Fifth Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development’ under the theme, ‘Innovation and Collaboration to Deliver the Global Goals’. More information here.

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Mexico launches biodiversity and business alliance. The Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business, with the aim of promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, was launched 17 October 2016 in Mexico City. View the press release here.

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Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast and Sediments (BWM Convention) starts in 2017 to stop biodiversity loss caused by invasive species. Read full article here.

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CSOs and Private Sector Highlight Biodiversity, Refugees, Health in SDGs. 9 November 2016: The UN Association of Canada held a public panel on how Canada can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with participants addressing biodiversity loss, climate change, refugees, and data and monitoring. Civil society organizations (CSOs) released a magazine focusing on achieving SDG targets related to universal access to medicines, and showcased the private sector’s role in sustainability. Full article here.

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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.

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The Natural Capital Project invites you to join the 2017 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University from March 20-23, 2017. Featuring keynote speakers Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, and Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, this event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. More details here.

 

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4 – 17th December 2016, Mexico. 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Biological Diversity. The 13th meeting of the COP to the CBD the 8th 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 2nd 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. More information here.