In this issue

  • Highlights from the National Biodiversity and Business Indaba
  • National news
  • International news, initiatives and events



Other News

The presentations from the National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are available for download here. Detailed proceedings of the event will be distributed in due course.


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Shelley Lizzio
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Welcome to the March 2015 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 myself ( before 25 March 2015.


For your contribution to the success of the inaugural National Biodiversity and Business Indaba!


Highlights from the National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


Sue Lund, General Manager: Public Policy and Sustainability at Transnet presenting the key note address on day 1 of the Indaba

At the end of her inspiring keynote address Ms Sue Lund suggested that biodiversity hotspots be mapped against the footprints of key companies and challenged companies to then work in these areas together with relevant stakeholders to improve biodiversity and sustainability.


Ismail Lagardien of the National Planning Commission, Corli le Roux Head of SRI Index and Sustainability at the JSE, Bheki Sibiya CEO of the Chamber of Mines, Joanne Yawitch CEO of the National Business Initiative, Peter Lukey Chief Policy Advisor: Strategic Environmental Intelligence and Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney Regional Technical Coordinator, Business Economics and Biodiversity of the IUCN participating in the first panel discussion, entitled “setting the strategic direction of the Indaba”.


Deirdre Lingenfelder, Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at De Beers presenting the key note address on day 2 of the Indaba

“Our actions today impact on our ability to deliver tomorrow. But we cannot go at this alone. We need to identify and mobilise partners, allies, rally the non-believers.” Deirdre Lingenfelder

Anthea Stephens Director of the Grasslands Programme at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, Dr Joel Houdet Senior Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Karin Ireton and Steve Nicholls Lead Climate Change and Water at the National Business Initiative participating in the first panel discussion on day 2 of the Indaba, entitled “the role of the green economy and green economic policy in supporting the mainstreaming of biodiversity into business”.


National news and events

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has just published  ‘Ten compelling case studies for Making the Case for Biodiversity’. The case studies further warn of how poor environmental management can drain municipal coffers and increase the vulnerability of marginalised communities. To access the case studies click here.


International news and events

The next World Forum on Natural Capital will be held on 23-24 November 2015 in Edinburgh. For more information click here.

The B Team are leading the development of a Plan B for business. Plan B is an evolving blueprint for business that prioritizes people, planet and profit. For more information on the B Team click here.

Leading companies such as Mars, Nestle and Asad say that investing in natural capital like water, soils and biodiversity limits risk and can drive profitability. To read more click here.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have produced a report on biodiversity and health that shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to improved human health. For more information click here.

Failing to protect nature's capital could cost businesses trillions. This is the title of an editorial by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen. To read this editorial click here.

The ICLEI World Congress 2015 will be taking place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 8 – 12 April. ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed​ to building​ a sustainable future. To register click here.

GLOBAL COMPACT +15: BUSINESS AS A FORCE FOR GOOD 23-25 June 2015, New York, USA. The conference will bring business and civil society to the UN to show how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities. Contact for more info.

Environment as economic threat: How sustainability redefines risk. Disasters that knock factories offline, scarce resources and shifting social dynamics — welcome to the daunting new world of sustainable business. To read more click here.