National Biodiversity and Business Network



  • None


  • 16 & 17 March, KZN Biodiversity & Business Indaba

Proudly brought to you by:

Click here to download the programme for the event.

To download the Indaba presentations please click on the links below:

Day 1
Natural Capital Protocol presentation
Protocol Stages 1 and 2
Protocol Stages 3 and 4
Natural Capital Protocol User Templates
Protocol Training

Day 2
Dave Cox – INR
David Everard – Sappi
Don McCulloch – Old Mutual
Jabulani Hlope – Eskom
Joel Houdet – ISS
Kevin McCann – Conservation Outcomes
Leon Taljaard – TSD
Pearl Gola – UEIP
Peter Kimberg – TBC
Shelley Lizzio – EWT
Sukie Paras – DEA


  • 5 & 6 April, Cape Town Biodiversity & Business Indaba

Proudly brought to you by:

Click here to download the programme for the event.

To download the Indaba presentations please click on the links below:

Day 1
See Day 1 of the KZN Biodiversity and Business Indaba above.

Day 2
Craig Galloway – Trace and Save
Garth Banes – DEA
Joel Houdet – ISS
Jon Duncan – Old Mutual (pending)
Justin Smith – Woolworths
Kevin McCann – Conservation Outcomes
Kirsten Mahood – i4WATER
Lance Blain – RedCap
Peter Kimberg – TBC
Rob Zipplies – Common Cause South Africa
Shelley Lizzio – EWT



  • 24th September - 5th October 2016, Johannesburg. CITES CoP17 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.
  • 10th August 2016 - Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy
    On the 10th August 2016 the NBBN, in association with De Beers and the IUCN, held a seminar on the implementation of the mitigation hierarchy. The seminar was based on a report produced by the Biodiversity Consultancy (UK), entitled ‘A cross-sector guide for implementing the mitigation hierarchy’. For a copy of this document please click here.

    WHAT IS THE MITITGATION HIERARCHY? The mitigation hierarchy is a tool that guides users towards limiting as far as possible the negative impacts on biodiversity from development projects. It emphasises best-practice of avoiding and minimising any negative impacts, and then restoring sites no longer used by a project, before finally considering offsetting residual impacts.
    The seminar helped guide attendees through the practical implementation and operationalising of the four stages of the mitigation hierarchy, with a focus on understanding the principles behind the hierarchy and the practical execution of these principles, whilst providing examples of relevant best-practice case studies. The seminar was designed to be applicable across various sectors and is aimed at a diverse audience whether from the extractives industry, consulting firms or government.
    The seminar was facilitated by Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney (IUCN) and Mrs Shelley Lizzio (EWT), with a guest presentation by Andrew Cauldwell from ERM. For copies of the presentations please click below.

    Case Study: Applying the IFC Performance Standard 6 - Andrew Cauldwell
    Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy Presented by NBBN - 10 August 2016

  • 20th April 2016 – Johannesburg launch of biodiversity mainstreaming report

The Department of Environmental affairs, in collaboration with the NBBN and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, conducted a preliminary baseline assessment of the current approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreaming of biodiversity. The results of this assessment have recently been published in a report entitled: Overview of current approaches and practices of South African businesses to the mainstreaming of biodiversity: a preliminary baseline assessment.

At the Johannesburg launch of the event held on the 20th April 2016, Mr Kiruben Naicker (DEA) presented an overview of the outcomes and recommendations from the report, for a copy of his presentation please click here.


  • 5-7 November 2015, Biodiversity Economy Indaba, International Convention Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) cordially invites you to the 2nd Biodiversity Economy Indaba which will occur from 5 - 7 November 2015, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The theme of the Indaba is, Biodiversity is good for Business, Business is good for Biodiversity, and across the 2 ½ days, key stakeholders within the biodiversity economy, including key policymakers will dialogue on the best approaches for trade of South Africa’s plant and wildlife, whilst identifying and strengthening interventions of this biodiversity-based economy to ensure sustainability of the biological resource.
For more information about the Biodiversity Economy Indaba or to register before or on 2 November 2015 please contact Elize Makkink at DEA: +12 399 9591,

  • 8-13 November 2015, NBBN and the 8th World ESP Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa;
    The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is a worldwide network, founded in 2008, to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. To facilitate the needed dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners ESP organises an annual international conference in different parts of the world. The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015 and is to be hosted at Spier Wine farm and Conference Centre in Stellenbosch.

    The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.
    ESP especially encourages delegates from businesses to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.
    For more information about the ESP 8 conference and to register go to:


  • NBBN involvement in 8th World ESP conference:

Ecosystem services in business: 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 EWT – National Business and Biodiversity Network of South Africa are co-hosting the special session: “S5 - Ecosystem services in business” at the 8th World ESP conference.

The session details can be read at:


  • Natural Capital Protocol – 8th November 2015:

The NBBN has also partnered with a number of other organisations to present an exciting pre-conference workshop on the draft Natural Capital Protocol and sector guides, before they are released for consultation. The Natural Capital Protocol aims to improve decision making by including the impacts and dependencies we have on nature. It will be applicable to all sectors and geographies and will for the first time provide a standardized framework to follow.

More information on the workshop can be read at: To register before the closing date on 15 October 2015 please contact


  • 9-10 October, The Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Forum, Akosombo, Ghana.  

The Forum theme is “Investing in Natural Capital for Inclusive Development”, and aims to promote increased sustainability within Africa’s development agenda through mainstreaming of natural capital, and improved business-civil society cooperation. It will feature constructive dialogue in four thematic areas: extractive industries, energy-nature nexus, natural capital accounting and sustainable agriculture. The Forum is being organised by BirdLife International in collaboration with a number of partners including the National Biodiversity and Business Network (EWT). For more information go to the following website:

  • 1 October 2015, Investment in Ecological Infrastructure – the relevance for business, South African Sugar Association (SASA), Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa



  • 30 June, Managing our natural capital – latest developments and tools, SRK Consulting, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa

    • Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership – Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital –click
    • African Centre for Technology Studies – Updates on Natural Capital Protocol, ESP Conference 8 and Pan-African Business and Biodiversity Indaba –click
    • Department of Environmental Affairs – The Biodiversity Finance Initiative –click
    • South African National Biodiversity Institute – Removing obstacles to private sector investment in ecological infrastructure –click
    • Exxaro Resources – Translocation of Frithia humilis at Inyanda Coal Mine –click
  • 25 – 26 February 2015, National Biodiversity and Business Indaba, GIBS, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa.DOWNLOAD PROCEEDINGS:


    • Transnet – Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Business: Case Studies – click
    • Santam – Business resilience through landscape partnerships – click
    • Eskom – Mainstreaming biodiversity into Eskom’s business – Partnering for specific solutions – click
    • Nedbank – Mainstreaming of biodiversity into Nedbank’s operations and business – click
    • ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability – Biodiversity and decision-makers: Mainstreaming biodiversity into local government – click
    • De Beers – Integrating biodiversity into project decision making – an overview of the Sustainability Valuation Approach – click
    • IUCN – Mainstreaming of biodiversity into business: the case of Nespresso – click
    • ACTS – Update on latest tools to mainstream biodiversity into business – click
    • NBI – Environment and society – Maturity and process thinking or does ideology have a place in these discussions – click
    • CSBI – Cross sector biodiversity initiative – click
    • WWF – Ecological infrastructure – the water perspective – click
    • DEA – National Department of Environmental Affairs Wind and Solar PV Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) – click
    • Mondi – Driving Sustainability Performance - click


  • 13 November 2014, Mainstreaming biodiversity into business training, GIBS, Johannesburg
  • 29 October 2014, The value of partnerships to the mainstreaming of biodiversity into business, Ernst & Young, Johannesburg. Click here for an overview of the event.
    • IUCN perspective and approach, Dr Marie Parramon-Gurney, IUCN
    • Strategic development of cross sector partnerships, Pippa Howard, Fauna & Flora International
    • Partnerships: Creating resilient landscapes and resilient businesses, Stephen Elliott-Wetmore, WWF
    • Eskom, Constant Hoogstad, Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • 25 June 2015, Mainstreaming biodiversity into the real estate sector, Pam Golding Properties, Cape Town
  • 18 June 2014, Mainstreaming biodiversity into business training, Rhodes Business School, Grahamstown
  • 17 June 2014, Understanding the legal and governance framework related to biodiversity planning in South Africa, Rhodes Business School, Grahamstown
  • 14 February 2014, Mainstreaming biodiversity into agricultural supply chain, Cape Town
  • 11 February 2014, Mainstreaming biodiversity into business training, Cape Town
  • 6 February 2014, Strategic discussion on investment in ecological infrastructure, Old Mutual, Cape Town


  • 15 October 2013, Waterberg Integrated Strategy, SRK, Illovo, Johannesburg
  • 19 September 2013, Fourth business talk on mainstreaming biodiversity into business: a strategic discussion, GIBS, Johannesburg
  • 16 September 2013, Training on Mainstreaming biodiversity into business, Johannesburg
  • 23 August 2013, Strategic Discussion on Investment in Ecological Infrastructure, Ernst & Young, Johannesburg
  • 23 May 2013, Mining & Biodiversity: Exploring the Business Value Proposition, GIBS, Johannesburg
  • 20 – 21 May 2013, Understanding the legal and governance framework applicable to biodiversity planning in South Africa, Cape Town
  • 13 May, Launch of the National Biodiversity and Business Network, Johannesburg
  • 15 – 16 April 2013, National Biodiversity offsets Workshop, DBSA, Johannesburg
  • 8 April 2013, National Development Plan: Vision 2030 and Budget 2013, Johannesburg