In this issue
- Biodiversity Risks and Opportunities in the Apparel Sector
- Video: Natural Capital – put a value on nature
- NBBN past event
- Upcoming national and regional events
- International events, publications and 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
Detailed proceedings of the 2015 National Biodiversity
and Business Indaba are available for download click
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Welcome to the March 2016 issue of the
National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter
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the 25th April 2016.
Biodiversity Risks and
Opportunities in the Apparel Sector
There is an increasing recognition among businesses that
depend on natural resources for their raw materials that the risks
associated with their operations and their dependency on biodiversity and
ecosystem services can have major implications both for their financial
and operational performance. Negative impacts on biodiversity and
ecosystem services from unsustainable business operations pose a number
of risks to corporate performance. Some of these risks include for example
the following areas:
• Operational: increased scarcity and cost of raw
materials such as freshwater; disruptions to business operations caused
by natural hazards; and higher insurance costs for natural disasters.
• Market: customers switching to more sustainably
sourced or certified products; and governments implementing new
sustainable procurement policies.
• Regulatory: emergence of new government policies
such as taxes and moratoria on extractive activities.
• Reputational: damage to corporate reputation from
media and NGO campaigns; shareholder resolutions; and changing consumer
• Access to capital: restricted access as the
financial community adopts more rigorous investment and lending policies.
In this context, in 2015, Hugo Boss and IUCN agreed to
collaborate to gain a better understanding of the dependence and impacts
of the company’s main product value chains (apparel and accessories) on
biodiversity and ecosystem services; and to identify potential opportunities
for mitigating negative impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem services
across the value chains.
Download the full report here.
Capital – put a value on nature
An insightful talk presented by environmental economist,
Pavan Sukhdev, on the economic invisibility of nature, the development of
TEEB (the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity project) and how
businesses can begin to unlock the true value of the natural resources.
Click on the image above to view the full video.
In case you missed last month’s newsletter, please find an
online version here.
NBBN past events
9 – 13 November 2015, 8TH WORLD
ESP CONFERENCE, Spier Wine farm, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.
The central theme was ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and
Prosperity’. The African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the
South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the Natural Capital
Coalition, the WBCSD, Conservation International, Hemporium, and the NBBN
co-hosted the special session: “S5 - Ecosystem services in business”
at the conference. For more information click
Upcoming national and regional events
Rethinking “bankability” for Africa infrastructure. Throughout
the last decade, Africa’s economic growth has been robust. While
this growth is expected to continue during 2016 for sub-Saharan Africa,
it will likely not reach the region’s full potential due to ongoing
global challenges and under-investment in infrastructure. Doubling-down
on implementing infrastructure projects will thus be a critical step in
enhancing Africa’s economic climate. Read the full article.
‘Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference’
April 5-7, 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The
use of household biogas and bio-slurry has expanded across African
countries. The Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) has been
implementing national biogas programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Uganda and Burkina Faso since 2009. A growing number of enterprises are
delivering quality products and services to meet the increasing demand
for sustainable biogas solutions; national markets are emerging. For more
information click here.
3-8th July 2016. 51st Annual Congress of the
Grassland Society of Southern Africa: Second Announcement. The Annual
Congress will be hosted by the Western Cape Province at the Wilderness
Hotel Resort and Spa, Wilderness, situated 10 km from George and 23 km
from George Airport (airport shuttle will be available). The event will
also include a Research Skills Workshop and an Invasive Species Workshop.
More details here.
13th National Biodiversity Planning Forum, June
7-10th 2016, Wilderness, Western Cape.
The Biodiversity Planning Forum, established in 2004, provides an
opportunity for individuals, agencies and departments involved in spatial
biodiversity planning to share and synthesise valuable lessons from
systematic biodiversity planning projects across South Africa. Much of
the biodiversity planning done in South Africa underpins strategic
interventions and supports improved environmental decision-making.
Further information about the Forum, including themes, fees and
registration, is available here.
Earth Expo 2016 Montecasino, Fourways, 11-14th
August. The Earth Expo aims to educate and inspire sustainable
living. The exhibition will showcase a diverse range of products and
services to encourage visitors to make more sustainable choices in their
daily life. There will also be a number of informative workshops
hosted by experts, which will cover a broad range of topics from
permaculture, aquaponics, and gardening to health, nutrition, and
building technologies. Visit the website here
for more details.
African ESP Conference: The
first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter will be held in Nairobi,
Kenya on 21-25 November 2016.
The conference theme will be Ecosystem Services for SDGs
in Africa and discussions will focus on Africa’s contribution towards
data/evidence on best practices for management,
rehabilitation/restoration of ecosystem services for decision making
particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.
Registration is not yet open.
International events, publications and
March, 2016. New online platform: Natural Infrastructure
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development
(WBCSD) launched the online platform, Natural Infrastructure for Business
(NI4Biz). The ultimate objective of the initiative is that by 2020,
companies systematically assess natural infrastructure options when investing
in new sites or projects, thereby contributing to the protection,
restoration and creation of new ecosystems. Access the platform here.
March 21st 2016. Climate factors fuel both
gloom and boom for car makers. A new report, analysing 15
of the world’s largest automakers with combined market capitalization of
US$846 billion, has found that tightening regulations on emissions are
having a significant business impact in the wake of the Volkswagen
scandal six months ago. Read a summary article here or view the executive summary.
The World Conservation Congress 2016, September 2016.
Every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress
brings together thousands of decision-makers from government, civil
society, business and academia. "Planet at the
crossroads" is the theme of the next Congress, which will be held in
Hawai'i, and a public Forum will take place from 2-5 September. For more
Sustainable Landscapes for People, Business and
Biodiversity, 29 June - 2 July 2016. The Society for
Conservation Biology (SCB) Asia section and the Association for Tropical
Biology and Conservation (ATBC) Asia-Pacific chapter invite you to join
them at the National University of Singapore for the Asia Chapter
Meeting, “Sustainable Landscapes for People, Business and Biodiversity”.
For details and registration click
4 - 17 December 2016 - Cancun, Mexico. Thirteenth meeting of the
Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to
the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth 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 second 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. Registration documents available here.
If it pays, will it stay?
Regional biodiversity is back in financial focus with a
draft 14-year Strategy published for the Biodiversity Economy of South
Africa. This economy is seen as encompassing the businesses and economic
activities that either directly depends on biodiversity for their core
business or that contribute to conservation of biodiversity through their
activities. Read more here.
Companies blind to climate risks in half of their supply
chains, new study finds. Following the historic
international deal agreed at the UN climate conference, COP21, and the
news from Davos that climate change is the world’s most impactful risk,
leading companies such as Dell, Unilever and Walmart are establishing the
extent to which impending climate regulation will impact their business.
However, half of their key suppliers fail to respond to requests for
climate information, hindering efforts to understand and manage climate
risk. So finds the largest ever study of climate data from suppliers and
their corporate customers, read it here.
24th September to 5th October 2016,
Johannesburg. CITES CoP17 venue and dates for 2016 in South Africa. CITES
(Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora) announced the world wildlife conference in Johannesburg in
2016 which aims to bring the global community together to tackle the
world's biggest wildlife challenges and opportunities. For further
information visit the CITES website or email.
Climate smart agriculture remains key to Africa’s
Development, December 2016. Collaboration by various
stakeholders including governments, NGOs and research bodies is needed
now to rapidly scale-up the African agricultural sector to improve food
security and resilience to climate change,” says Estherine Fotabong,
NEPAD Programmes Director. Read article here.