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Inഀ this issue  

  • Proceedingsഀ available for the 2016 National Biodiversity & Business Indaba
  • National events, publications & news
  • Jobഀ Listings

·       International events, publications & news


Otherഀ News

The DEA-NBBN publication entitled “Overview of currentഀ approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreamingഀ of biodiversity: a preliminary baseline assessment” can be downloadedഀ by clicking here.




Contactഀ us

For further information on the NBBN or related activitiesഀ 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

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Welcome to the January 2017 issue of theഀ 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 Lizzio (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) byഀ the 17th

February 2017.


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Theme:ഀ Transforming risk into opportunity

25 & 26 October 2016

Detailed proceedings from theഀ event are attached to this email! Presentations fromഀ the Indaba are available for download on the National Biodiversity andഀ Business Network website.





Pastഀ newsletter


Inഀ case you missed last month’s newsletter, please find an onlineഀ version  here.


National events, publications & news

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The Eco-Logicഀ Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, recognise and reward organisationsഀ and individuals that provide products or services that nurture

Planet Earth. Theഀ deadline for entries for the Eco-Logic Awards 2017 has been extended toഀ 31 January, 2017. Clickഀ here.

Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of South Africaഀ releases its latest publication

The IRC of SA has released its latest publication,ഀ Disclosure of Performance against Strategic Objectives: An Informationഀ Paper. Clickഀ here. 


Using SANBI'sഀ Biodiversity Information to inform the electricity Grid Infrastructureഀ SEA

SANBI has beenഀ involved in the CSIR led Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) inഀ support of the national Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) since 2013.ഀ The Electricity Grid Infrastructure SEA focused on identifying andഀ refining 100km-wide energy corridors to serve as the back bone of Southഀ Africa's transmission lines. These energy corridors span the Southഀ African landscape, in order to facilitate access to electricity and wereഀ designed to take socio economic and environmental factors into account.

Readഀ more.


uMngeni Ecologicalഀ Infrastructure Partnership (UEIP) - Strengthening collaborative waterഀ governance in the uMngeni River catchment

The UEIP Strategy was formally adoptedഀ by the members of the UEIP Coordination Committee at a meeting in Howick,ഀ KwaZulu-Natal in November 2016. The document describes the institutionalഀ arrangements as well as roles and responsibilities within the UEIP. Theഀ Strategy guides the actions of the partnership and provides purpose andഀ coherence to the UEIP. Clickഀ here.

Small scale farmers observeഀ yield increases due to the uMngeni Resilience Project (URP) interventions

Local farmers in the uMgungundlovuഀ District have recently started benefiting from the interventions of theഀ uMngeni Resilience Project (URP). Working in partnership with theഀ University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), about 170 small scale farmersഀ reported improved crop yields at the end of the 2016 growing season.ഀ These improved yields are a result of "climate smart" farmingഀ techniques. Clickഀ here.


Job ഀ Listings


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To advertiseഀ vacancies, bursaries or scholarships here please email details to Shelleyഀ Lizzio at shelleyl@ewt.org.za.

 International events, publications &ഀ news

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Over 100 Companiesഀ Pledge Action on Biodiversity

The 2016 Businessഀ and Biodiversity Forum convened immediately prior to the UN Biodiversityഀ Conference (COP13). At the Forum over 100 businesses signedഀ a 'Business and Biodiversity Pledge,' in which they commit to concreteഀ actions to conserve biodiversity and deliver solutions for itsഀ sustainable use and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits fromഀ genetic resources. Clickഀ here.


IUCN launches publicഀ consultation on draft guidelines for responsible business operations in andഀ around Key Biodiversity Areas

In 2016 the IUCNഀ developed a draft set of universal Guiding Principles and Recommendationsഀ for Responsible Business Operations in and around Key Biodiversity Areasഀ (KBAs). The technical guidance outlines how businesses in any economicഀ sector, should operate in and around KBAs, whether they are withinഀ protected areas or not. A second draft of these guidelines are nowഀ available for comment until 10 March 2017. All interested stakeholdersഀ are invited to review the Draft 2 and provide any feedback on the Commentഀ Form provided. Clickഀ here.


New method ofഀ developing agri-environment schemes proposes €3 million saving in Germanyഀ

A method forഀ developing more cost-effective agri-environment schemes, outlined in aഀ recent study, can be used over large areas, and accounts for hundreds ofഀ management regimes and several different endangered species. The model isഀ one of the first to account for the timing of measures and, when appliedഀ in Germany, proposed savings of over €3 million, while also improvingഀ some conservation outcomes. Clickഀ here.


Bumblebees pollinateഀ urban gardens better than agricultural land

A study has foundഀ that bumblebees in Germany are more successful at pollinating urban areasഀ than agricultural land. Urban areas had higher flower diversity and moreഀ potential nesting areas for bees compared to agricultural areas. Thisഀ demonstrates the value of urban green spaces as habitat for pollinators. Clickഀ here.

Herbicide run-off reducedഀ by grassy ditches in Italy — recommended for agri-environment schemes

Pesticides used on agricultural landഀ can leach into nearby surface water; and can harm aquatic ecosystems.ഀ This study evaluated the potential of ditches to reduce this run-off,ഀ using Italy’s Po Valley as a case study. Grassy ditches were able toഀ significantly reduce the concentration of herbicides, even during extremeഀ flooding. It was therefore suggested that the use of vegetated ditches inഀ agri-environment schemes would be beneficial for pesticide mitigation. Clickഀ here.

 “Biodiversityഀ Monitoring for Natural Resource Management ― An Introductory Manual”

This new manual provides succinctഀ practical guidance for planning biodiversity monitoring. It addressesഀ some of the principal questions, issues and pit-falls in biodiversityഀ monitoring, and offers selected references and download links to furtherഀ reading. Clickഀ here.

New guidance onഀ biodiversity in environmental management systems

“EMAS and Biodiversity: How to addressഀ biodiversity protection through environmental management systems” is theഀ title of a new publication on the sound management of biodiversityഀ aspects within EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and otherഀ management systems. Clickഀ here.

New OECD website dedicatedഀ to biodiversity mainstreaming

OECD is working to promote biodiversityഀ policies that are economically efficient, environmentally effective andഀ distributionally equitable, including those policies that mainstreamഀ biodiversity in cross-sectoral practices such as agriculture, fishing andഀ forestry. Explore their new website dedicated to mainstreamingഀ biodiversity.

Clickഀ here.


The OECD released theഀ publication Biodiversity Offsets - Effective Design and Implementation inഀ December 2016.

The report examines the key design andഀ implementation features that need to be considered to ensure thatഀ biodiversity offset programmes are environmentally effective,ഀ economically efficient, and distributionally equitable. In this report, insightsഀ and lessons learned are drawn from more than 40 case studies from aroundഀ the world, with an additional 3 in-depth country case studies from theഀ United States, Germany and Mexico. Clickഀ here.


UN Biodiversity Conferenceഀ Adopts Over 70 Decisions

The UN Biodiversity Conferenceഀ concluded 18 December 2016, after meeting for more than two weeks, inഀ Cancun, Mexico. Held under the theme 'Mainstreaming biodiversity forഀ well-being,' the Conference moved towards enhanced implementation of theഀ Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversityഀ Targets through decisions to mainstream biodiversity into productiveഀ sectors, and to promote integration among the Convention and itsഀ Protocols. Clickഀ here.


UN Biodiversity Conferenceഀ Highlights Links between Agriculture and Biodiversity

The Theme of UN Biodiversity Conferenceഀ was 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Wellbeing,' with a focus on theഀ “productive” sectors of agriculture, fisheries and forestry. This gaveഀ the close interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture an importantഀ profile during the Conference. Agriculture was also reflected in theഀ programmes of parallel events such as the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP)ഀ and various other side events. This article provides an overview of theഀ main events and outcomes on biodiversity and agriculture that took placeഀ in conjunction with the Conference. Clickഀ here.


In Davos, Private Sectorഀ Highlights Business Case for SDGs

At the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF),ഀ private sector actors and WEF initiatives have released reports thatഀ consider the role of business in advancing the aims of the Sustainableഀ Development Goals (SDGs). Also on the private sector’s role in deliveringഀ on the SDGs, over 80 companies called on the UK Prime Minister to workഀ with business to achieve the SDGs. Clickഀ here.


The International Panel onഀ Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its thematicഀ Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

The assessment aims to assess animalഀ pollination as a regulating ecosystem service underpinning foodഀ production in the context of its contribution to nature's gifts to peopleഀ and supporting a good quality of life report is available here. It hasഀ been endorsed by the CBD COP 13 and is available here, as is theഀ corresponding summary for policy makers. Clickഀ here.



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