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In this issue  

  • NBBN Partner Profile: Pam Golding
  • 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 | 

C + 27 72 210 2085
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 Michael Adams (michaela@ewt.org.za) by the 25th

November 2016.

 

NBBN Partner Profile

 

The Pam Golding Property Group

“It is beyond question that this natural capital is integral to a sustainable growth economy and the more that we, as South African business, can integrate this consciousness into our business strategies, the better we can prepare for a prosperous future.” - Anthony Stroebel, Group Marketing Director Pam Golding Properties

The Pam Golding Property group is recognised locally and internationally as Southern Africa’s leading, independent real estate brand, employing over 2 000 staff and agents worldwide.  The group offers clients access to a broad-based reach through an extensive network of over 200 offices throughout Africa and internationally. On the African continent these include Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda. In addition, Pam Golding Properties has international offices in the UK, Germany, Mauritius and Seychelles and facilitates property sales in Portugal, Spain, Miami, Australia and France.

Founder and life president, Mrs Pam Golding, is widely regarded as the doyenne of the property industry in South Africa, establishing the company in 1976 with a single office in Cape Town. While the Golding family values remain at the heart of the brand, the Pam Golding Property group has over the years developed into a world-class global organisation. The group fosters a culture of service excellence and believes in constantly raising industry standards, both through innovative marketing, IT and other initiatives, coupled with the highest level of professionalism.

Moving to a Global Stage

As the first South African real estate company to market local properties abroad in 1986, the group forms part of a strategic alliance with one of the world’s largest property groups, Savills plc, thereby gaining access to its prestigious network of over 500 offices worldwide and providing clients with world-class resources and expertise at the cutting edge of global property trends.

As Pam Golding Properties continues to grow its presence in Africa and globally, the group has once again been recognised as Best in South Africa and in Africa at the recent International Property Awards 2016 (IPA) held in Dubai. Over the past 11 years Pam Golding Properties has become South Africa’s most awarded real estate company, achieving Best Estate Agency in South Africa nine times since 2005 and Best Estate Agency in Africa five times since 2011 at the International Property Awards. The group received Gold at the Overseas Property Professional Awards for Best Real Estate Agency for three consecutive years since 2012 and was awarded Best Global Estate Agency in 2012 and 2014.

Approximately 40 percent of the company's residential sales are via referrals, a testament to the high standard of service afforded to clients and to the extensive agent and office network. PGP has always believed that the success of the company is primarily as a result of the quality of its people, and particularly the calibre of its agents.

Greening the Property Sector

While the ‘green revolution’ in residential property, unlike in the commercial sector,  is admittedly still in its infancy, rapid strides in technology and increasing awareness of the potential cost savings and reduced environmental impact are making good sense to more and more home owners – and home buyers.

Unquestionably, there is a swelling tide of interest among consumers in energy conservation, which initially was fuelled to a large extent by the frequency and inconvenience of load shedding combined with significantly increasing electricity costs. This is coupled with growing concerns around one of our planet’s most precious natural resources – water.

Dr Andrew Golding, CE of the Pam Golding Property group says: “As the affordability of energy saving features improves, in coming years we are bound to see the desirability of homes which incorporate such features increase exponentially as being ‘green’ receives a higher ranking on the scale of considerations among home buyers.

“While it’s not possible to quote actual numbers, there is no doubt that residential properties offering green or energy and water saving features as well as emergency or back-up power solutions are at a competitive advantage in the marketplace and are becoming sought after by buyers in preference to properties that don’t offer such features.  In a trend which began making its presence felt some 18 or more months ago, we are seeing ‘green’ features and energy efficiency definitely adding to the saleability of a property.”

Green Building Council of South Africa

Newer and brand new buildings, particularly in new residential developments such as Val de Vie Estate in the Western Cape Winelands, Baronetcy Estate in Plattekloof in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs and Steyn City in Fourways, Gauteng, are frequently and increasingly being equipped with a host of features incorporated into their design. These range from solar heating, water saving and recycling, water-wise gardens with indigenous plants, LED lighting with time switches and sensory capabilities and insulation to conserve heat or for cooling, to back-up power solutions such as invertors or generators, among others.

Anthony Stroebel, Group Marketing Director for Pam Golding Properties and a director of the Green Building Council of South Africa: “This need not be prohibitive and is one of the reasons why we have partnered with the Green Building Council of South Africa, to drive a better understanding of value in the residential property market with regard to a home’s green credentials. Fundamentally, this has a positive impact on the running costs of any home, while at the same time serving to preserve the world’s scarce resources as well as reducing the impact on the environment.  Our vision is to reach a point in the hopefully not-too-distant future, where this becomes integral to a home’s specifications when selling and that buyers understand the value of this versus ‘less green’ homes.

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“We have always believed that leadership and responsibility go hand in hand. Responsibility aside, it is a great privilege to partner with the GBCSA in their capacity as the ‘green’ custodians of the built environment in this effort to create consciousness regarding the sustainability of our planet right where it surely begins – at home.

“Our aim is to meaningfully influence the ‘green’ agenda in the domestic space not only because it will increasingly impact how our clients perceive value in property, but because our economic and social development depends on it. We commend the GBCSA for their innovative My Green Home project run earlier in the year, whereby they spent six months working with the Ngewana family in Pinelands, Cape Town to green their home and show what is possible.  In this relatively short period, this family achieved a 53 percent saving in electricity, a 44 percent reduction in water consumption and an 81 percent reduction in waste sent to landfill. We are proud to have been one of the main partners of this project and, as a result, made the My Green Home ‘Guide to Saving Money by Going Green’ available to our clients.” Download a copy of the guide here.

In helping empower the residential property market to design and build resource-efficient buildings, GBCSA has implemented a new green building certification programme called EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies). Available via a free online software platform (available here), this simple, user-friendly green rating tool aims to achieve a minimum saving of 20 percent in energy, water and embodied energy in materials. Smart, fast and affordable, it calculates the upfront cost and potential operational savings of green buildings.

Partnering for Biodiversity

Over and above Pam Golding’s notable work on sustainability, the organisation has taken other proactive steps towards creating a truly biodiversity-conscious organisation. To this end, the Pam Golding group was one of the founding partners of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) in 2013 and has continued to play an active role in the Network to date. As part of this collaboration, the Pam Golding Property group will soon be publishing a new guide entitled ‘Guide to Biodiversity in your Garden’ which details how property owners can play a role in preserving South Africa’s incredible biodiversity.

 “It is indeed a privilege to play a role in the protection of our country’s natural assets and resources, as it our responsibility and our duty, as corporate citizens, to ensure this legacy for future generations.” – Anthony Stroebel Group Marketing Director, Pam Golding Properties

For further information contact Pam Golding Properties on 021 7101700 or email headoffice@pamgolding.co.za or visit www.pamgolding.co.za or http://blog.pamgolding.co.za

 

 

 

INDABA SOLD OUT!!

2016 BIODIVERSITY & BUSINESS INDABA

Theme: Transforming risk into opportunity

25 & 26 October 2016

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Building on the success of the NBBN’s inaugural Indaba in 2015, we are pleased to announce the programme for the second annual National Biodiversity and Business Network Indaba, to be held at Hatch Africa’s new head offices in Johannesburg on the 25th and 26th of October, 2016. 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.

 

Please view the full programme for the 2016 NBBN Indaba here.

 

Speakers at the 2016 NBBN Indaba include Pierre Oliver (CEO, Hatch Africa), Deshnee Naidoo (CEO Vendanta Zinc International, Africa and Ireland), Mandy Rhambaros (Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Eskom), Deidre Herbst (Senior Environmental Manager, Eskom), Steve Nicholls (Lead: Climate Change & Water, National Business Initiative), Chantal van der Watt (Senior Manager in Sustainability and Integrated Reporting, Price Waterhouse Coopers), Dr. Theresia Ott (Principal Advisor: Group Environment, Rio Tinto), Dr. Marie Parramon-Gurney (Regional Technical Coordinator: Business, Economics and Biodiversity, IUCN), Peter Lukey (Chief Policy Advisor: Strategic Environmental Intelligence Environmental, Department of Environmental Affairs), Dr. Lorren Haywood (Senior Researcher: Sustainability Science and Resource Economics, CSIR), amongst others.

 

REGISTRATION: Registration has unfortunately closed, but please keep a look-out for interesting articles and outcomes from the event in the coming months. 

 

 

 

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.

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Wetlands International will be launching its latest report, The Economics of Ecosystem Services of the Tana River Basin (TEEB). This report presents results of a study of the value of the ecosystem services of the Tana River basin and their economic significance to the Kenyan economy. Download a copy 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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The Handbook on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Impact Assessment – this new publication presents state-of-the-art methodological guidance and discussion of international practice related to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment. A variety of case studies provide examples of the use of information on biodiversity and ecosystem services in different types of impact assessment to improve decisions at all levels, from strategic choices to individual projects. You can read the introduction and abstracts of the chapters here.

 

 

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G20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitments to Climate, Sustainable Development, Clean Energy, Green Finance, September 2016. As leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) gathered for their 11th Summit in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September, there was no shortage of pressure from non-state actors for the Group to place climate change and related issues prominently on the agenda. The outcomes from the Summit indicate that these issues were central to many of the discussions, but the final commitments did not go as far as some had hoped. Read more 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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EAC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report. The East African Community (EAC) is the second largest single regional market in Africa and economically one of the fastest growing regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The report reveals that the off-grid market is firmly established in the region and that the mini/micro-grid sector is also attracting significant investment. Download a copy of the full report here.

 

 

 

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IISD Launches a New Online Knowledge Hub on the Sustainable Development Goals. A new online knowledge hub launched today provides an unparalleled view of multilateral, national and sub-national efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its Sustainable Development Goals, the platform draws on IISD’s network of experts to provide real-time information on SDG implementation. Click here to gain access to the knowledge hub. 

 

 

 

Job  Listings

 

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Senior Programme Manager: Cities Biodiversity Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for the strategic management and development of ICLEI’s growing global biodiversity programme and its projects and initiatives conducted through our global Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC). 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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The FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) have opened a call for 18 fellowships for professionals from developing and emerging countries for the IDRC funded Adaptation Finance Fellowship Programme (AFFP) – Linking Research, Policy and Business. More information here.

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The GreenMatter Fellowship 2017, supported by the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust is offering postgraduate development awards which comprise R50 000 pa for Honours (up to 1 year), R70 000 pa for Master's (up to 2 years) including 2 skills development contact sessions in the first year. 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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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.