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In this issueഀ

·        ഀ Ongoing highlights from the 2015ഀ National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·        ഀ Upcoming events featuring the NBBN

·        ഀ NBBN past event

·        ഀ National event

·        ഀ International events, publications andഀ news

 

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Other News

The DEA-NBBNഀ publication entitled “Overview of current approaches and practices ofഀ South African businesses to the mainstreaming of biodiversity: aഀ preliminary baseline assessment” can be downloaded by clickingഀ here.

Detailed proceedingsഀ of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are availableഀ for download clickഀ here!

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Contact us

For furtherഀ information on the NBBN or related activities please contact:

Shelleyഀ 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 210ഀ 2085
ഀ Email:
shelleyl@ewt.org.za |ഀ Web: www.ewt.org.za

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Welcome to theഀ October 2015 issue of the 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 (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) byഀ 20 November 2015.

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Ongoing Highlights fromഀ the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

 

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DAY 2: Updateഀ on latest tools to mainstream biodiversity into business

 

 

Dr. Joel Houdet, African Centre for Technology Studiesഀ (ACTS)

1.    ഀ Biodiversity should be mainstreamed atഀ the strategic, managerial and operational levels in a business. At eachഀ of these levels there are different needs and approaches.

2.    ഀ Business can make use of the UN Globalഀ Compact Performance Model to guide their efforts in implementing theഀ Global Compact’s 10 principles, including those relating to theഀ environment www.unglobalcompact.org.

3.    ഀ When looking at valuing biodiversityഀ and ecosystem services it is important to remember that people almostഀ never agree on value. The only thing they can potentially agree on isഀ price.

4.    ഀ The Natural Capital Protocol is aഀ project of the Natural Capital Coalition, the goal of which is toഀ minimise risk, cut costs and create new opportunities for business. It isഀ being prepared primarily for the business user to support them inഀ decision-making with respect to biodiversity, ecosystem services andഀ other environmental impacts.

 

Upcoming events featuringഀ the NBBN

5 – 7 Novemberഀ 2015, 2ND BIODIVERSITY ECONOMY INDABA, Internationalഀ Convention Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Indaba isഀ presented by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the themeഀ is, Biodiversity is good for Business, Business is good for Biodiversity.ഀ For more information on the Indaba please see the attached invitation. At a sit-down dinnerഀ on 6 November the Deputy Minister of the Environment will launch a documentഀ produced by DEA in collaboration with the NBBN entitled Overview of current approaches andഀ practices of South African businesses to the mainstreaming of biodiversity:ഀ a preliminary baseline assessment. To download the document click here.

9 – 13 November 2015, 8TH WORLD ESP CONFERENCE,ഀ Spier Wine farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The centralഀ theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. Toഀ register click here. The African Centreഀ for Technology Studies (ACTS), the South African Department ofഀ Environmental Affairs, the Natural Capital Coalition, the WBCSD,ഀ Conservation International, Hemporium, and the NBBN are co-hosting theഀ special session: “S5 - Ecosystem services in business” at theഀ conference. For more information click here. Theഀ NBBN has also partnered with a number of other organisations to present a pre-conferenceഀ workshop on 8 November on the draft Natural Capital Protocol and sectorഀ guides, before they are released for consultation. For more informationഀ on the workshop click here. Toഀ register for the workshop please email conference@es-partnership.org.

NBBN past event

INVESTMENT INഀ ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, 1 October 2015, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The NBBN,ഀ in partnership with the uMngeni Ecological Infrastructure Programme (UEIP), presented the NBBN’sഀ first ever event in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on 1 October 2015 onഀ investment in ecological infrastructure. More information on the event isഀ provided in the attached proceedings and the presentations can beഀ downloaded by clicking here.

National events

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CAMBRIDGEഀ SUSTAINABILITY PRACTITIONER PROGRAMME 28 February - 2ഀ March 2016, Diemersfontein, Wellington, South Africa. This seminar isഀ designed for managers in organisations from the private or public sectorഀ to equip them with a high-level understanding of sustainability. For moreഀ information clickഀ here, or contact Magda on magda.dekok@cisl.cam.ac.uk.

 

Internationalഀ events, publications and news

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Pan-African Businessഀ and Biodiversity Forum. On 9-10 October 2015 aഀ first-of-its-kind forum in Ghana pushed natural capital thinking into theഀ sustainable development of Africa to benefit nature, people and business.ഀ Some 200 participants from 41 countries, including business, governments,ഀ civil society, academia, development organisations and financialഀ institutions all gathered together to exchange ideas and practices at theഀ first Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum (PANBBF). For moreഀ information clickഀ here..

Guide on ‘Developingഀ a Business Case for Biodiversity’. The Internationalഀ Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) produced this guideഀ aimed at environment officials, practitioners or policymakers who need toഀ build a case for integrating biodiversity into decision-making processesഀ and policy development in other sectors. To download the document clickഀ here.

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The Worldഀ Conservation Congress 2016, September 2016.ഀ Every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings togetherഀ thousands of decision-makers from government, civil society, business andഀ academia.  "Planet at the crossroads" is the theme of theഀ next Congress, which will be held in Hawai'i, and a public Forum willഀ take place from 2-5 September. For more information clickഀ here.

EU B@B Platform –ഀ “Access to Finance and Innovative Finance Mechanisms”. Theഀ 2015 output from this workstream is now available. It comprises fiveഀ thematic papers examining the financing issues and opportunities forഀ different business and biodiversity business models. For more informationഀ click here.

Stock Exchangesഀ Highlight Role in Promoting SDGs. As world leaders gatheredഀ to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its UNഀ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), capital market regulators and CEOsഀ of stock exchanges, investment houses and large companies joined seniorഀ UN officials for the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE) Leadersഀ Luncheon on the SDGs, hosted by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 24ഀ September. To read more click here.

The SDG Compassഀ Helps Companies Take Action on New UN Goals. Companiesഀ now have a new tool to help them navigate and contribute to a new set ofഀ global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nationsഀ on 25 September. To read more click here.

UNEP-WCMC Developsഀ Guidance on Experimental Biodiversity Accounting. Theഀ UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)ഀ has developed technical guidance on experimental biodiversity accounting.ഀ The document is aimed at practitioners who want to collect and organizeഀ data regarding the status and trends of ecosystems and species diversity.ഀ To read more click here.

UNEP Report Detailsഀ Ecosystem Services Worth US$1 Billion Annually in Four Pilot Countries.ഀ UNEP released the results of a four-year project, ‘ProEcoServe’ in aഀ report entitled ‘Success Stories in Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services intoഀ Macro-economic Policy and Land Use Planning: Evidence from Chile,ഀ Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and Viet Nam’. The project identifiedഀ almost US$1 billion of benefits in the four pilot countries. To read moreഀ click here.

Quantifying theഀ ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces.ഀ Urban green spaces provide important ecosystem services in cities, fromഀ recreation to the mitigation of noise and air pollution. This studyഀ quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces inഀ Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolutionഀ land-cover data. To download the article click here.

New WBCSDഀ publication entitled ‘Land Degradation Neutrality: A Businessഀ Perspective’. Supported by inspiring examples of business action, thisഀ publication outlines how businesses can finance and implement sustainableഀ practices that support land degradation neutrality in their ownഀ operations as well as their extended supply chains. To download click here.

Messages for Policy-ഀ Makers: Engaging Business in Shaping a Land Degradation Neutral World.ഀ Based on a review of literature as well as interviews with WBCSD membersഀ and other stakeholders, this publication presents some of the policiesഀ governments can put in place to support business engagement in LDN. Itഀ focuses on a number of incentive mechanisms that are of particularഀ relevance. To download click here.

UNDP published ‘Aഀ Global Compact for Sustainable Development – Business and the SDGs:ഀ Acting Responsibly and Finding Opportunities’.ഀ Demonstrates how companies can help to advance the SDGs by operatingഀ responsibly in alignment with universal principles and findingഀ opportunities to innovate to address societal challenges. To download theഀ report click here.

The 2015ഀ Convention for Biological Diversity Business and Biodiversity Forum:ഀ Practices, Solutions and the Way Forward (which will also encompassഀ the 5th Meeting of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity)ഀ will take place from 11-12 November 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. Forഀ further information clickഀ here.

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The next Worldഀ Forum on Natural Capital will be held on 23-24 November 2015 inഀ Edinburgh. For more information clickഀ here.

 

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