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In this issueഀ

·        ഀ Ongoing highlights from the 2015ഀ National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·        ഀ NBBN events

·        ഀ National events

·        ഀ International events, publications andഀ news


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Other News

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 September 2015 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Networkഀ (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute anyഀ biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the nextഀ newsletter, please forward the information to myself (shelleyl@ewt.org.za)ഀ before 20 October 2015.

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Ongoing Highlights fromഀ the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


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DAY 2: Theഀ role of the green economy and green economic policy in mainstreamingഀ biodiversity



1.    ഀ Many ecological assets were not part ofഀ the original thinking about the green economy so we need to find hooksഀ where their contribution can be integrated in policy planning andഀ decision making.

2.    ഀ The concept of the green economy isഀ resulting in the withdrawal of government funding from things that areഀ environmentally detrimental towards greener activities.

3.    ഀ Biodiversity is often presented as aഀ challenge that needs to be overcome, a barrier to growth. Theഀ conversation has to switch to one that talks about opportunity becauseഀ economic actors respond to opportunities..

4.    ഀ To harness the power of the consumer toഀ drive the green economy we should be asking retailers questions that willഀ drive behavioural change rather than simply boycotting them.


NBBN events

1 October 2015 -ഀ INVESTMENT IN ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. 7H30 for 8h30 – 14h00, Mount Edgecombe,ഀ KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The following key questions will  beഀ addressed at this morning event: What role should business play inഀ investment in ecological infrastructure? How do we upscale the level ofഀ investment we are seeing from business and government? How do we ensure anഀ integrated approach? To RSVP email Shelley on shelleyl@ewt.org.za.

6 October 2015 –ഀ JOHANNESBURG COUNTRY CLUB TALK – IS THERE BUSINESS WITHOUT BIODIVERSITY? Shelley Lizzio, theഀ Manager of the NBBN, will be presenting at a dinner event (18h30 for 19h00)ഀ in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa on the relevance ofഀ biodiversity to business and the role that business needs to play in theഀ management of biodiversity if it wishes to remain competitive To RSVP andഀ pay email debbiet@ewt.org.za or joelt@ewt.org.za or call 011 372 3600/1/2/3.

National events

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THE ALBERT LUTHULIഀ CENTRE FOR RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP (ALCRL) IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRITISHഀ HIGH COMMISSION OF PRETORIA AND PWC will be presentingഀ a series of events in 2015 and 2016. The first four events will takeഀ place in South Africa during 2015, first in Cape Town (2 October) andഀ then Johannesburg (6 October) and will then be repeated in the UK inഀ 2016. For more information clickഀ here.


CAMBRIDGEഀ SUSTAINABILITY PRACTITIONER PROGRAMME 28 February - 2ഀ March 2016, Diemersfontein, Wellington. This seminar is designed forഀ managers in organisations from the private or public sector to equip themഀ with a high-level understanding of sustainability. For more informationclickഀ here, or contact Magda on magda.dekok@cisl.cam.ac.uk.


Internationalഀ events, publications and news

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SUSTAINABLEഀ DEVELOPMENT GOALS SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS KEY ROLE FOR BUSINESS.ഀ The UN post-2015 development agenda presents a historic opportunity forഀ the private sector to actively participate in addressing the world’sഀ global challenges and building a more inclusive and sustainableഀ society.  At the heart of this agenda are the Sustainableഀ Development Goals (SDGs), which for the first time recognize the key roleഀ of business, including the finance community, to achieve these ambitiousഀ targets.  For more information click here.


The Worldഀ Conservation Congress 2016 issues a call for contributions. Everyഀ 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. If your organisation would like to host anഀ event, please reply to the call for contributions by 15 October. For moreഀ information clickഀ here.


13 AUGUST WAS EARTHഀ OVERSHOOT DAY. August 13th is Earth Overshoot Day this year. In less thanഀ eight months, humans have used more natural resources than the planet isഀ able to produce in a single year. To read more clickഀ here.


NEW REPORT OFFERSഀ PRACTICAL GUIDANCE ON USING THE MITIGATION HIERARCHY. Theഀ Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) has recently published a newഀ report, A Cross-Sector Guide for Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy.ഀ It provides practical guidance, innovative approaches and examples toഀ support operationalising the mitigation hierarchy effectively. Toഀ download the report clickഀ here.


BENEFITS OF CONSTRUCTEDഀ WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS WORTH MORE THAN DOUBLE THE COSTS.ഀ The economic benefits of the ecosystem services provided by constructedഀ wetlands far outweigh the costs of maintaining them, new research hasഀ confirmed. For more information clickഀ here.


WORLD FORESTRYഀ CONGRESS OPENS WITH LAUNCH OF GLOBAL FOREST RESOURCES ASSESSMENT REPORT.ഀ World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban,ഀ South Africa. The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forestഀ Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date,ഀ produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Forഀ more information clickഀ here.


STOP MISUSE OFഀ BIODIVERSITY OFFSETS. A recent Nature article outlined theഀ risks associated with using offsets to achieve pre-existing commitments,ഀ such as those to which nations have committed under the Convention onഀ Biological Diversity. The authors recommend that while it is oftenഀ appropriate for offsets to create and manage new protected areas, theseഀ outcomes should be accounted for separately from progress towardsഀ existing commitments such as the Aichi Targets, in order to avoid offsetsഀ simply replacing government funding for protected areas. To read more clickഀ here.

BUSINESSES GIVEഀ FEEDBACK ON NATURAL CAPITAL PROTOCOL. The Natural Capitalഀ Coalition has published the "Feedback report from Businessഀ Engagement Partner Interviews”. More than 80 businesses from 15 sectorsഀ were asked about their views and expectations regarding the Naturalഀ Capital Protocol which is currently being developed. To download the report clickഀ here.


KERING RELEASES ITSഀ FIRST GROUP-WIDE ENVIRONMENTAL PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT (E P&L). Withഀ the preparation of the E P&L Kering measured its environmental impactഀ along the supply chain and open-sourced the full methodology so thatഀ companies can learn how to value their impacts and dependencies onഀ natural capital. To read more clickഀ here.


SELF-CHECK –ഀ POTENTIAL FOR BIODIVERSITY-ORIENTED DESIGN OF COMPANY PREMISES. Thisഀ checklist is designed to help companies initiate nature-oriented designഀ actions on their premises. It is intended to help in collecting relevantഀ documents and information. This conducts an initial assessment regardingഀ potential for biodiversity-oriented design and provides suggestions forഀ first steps towards biodiversity-oriented design. To download theഀ checklist clickഀ here.

GUIDE FOR ASSESSINGഀ ECONOMICS OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAUNCHED. The Economics ofഀ Land Degradation (ELD) initiative has published a user guide forഀ assessing the total economic value of land and land-based services thatഀ draws on the '6+1' cost-benefit analysis approach used by ELD and itsഀ partners to support scientifically sound decision making and action onഀ sustainable land management. For more information clickഀ here.


The Pan-Africanഀ Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place 9th-10th October 2015 inഀ Accra, Ghana. This landmark forum aims to promote increasedഀ sustainability within Africa’s development agenda through mainstreamingഀ of natural capital, and improved business-civil society cooperation. Forഀ more information see the attached brochure or click here.


The 8th Worldഀ Ecosystem Services Partnership conference will be held in South Africaഀ from 9-13 November 2015. The central theme isഀ ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conferenceഀ will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue onഀ how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation,ഀ improve livelihoods and engage the business community. For moreഀ information clickഀ 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.


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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