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ACTS at the South African National Biodiversity and Business Indaba


25 February - 26 February 2015, GIBS, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa

On February 25 and 26, 2015 the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) invites to take part in the National Biodiversity and Business Indaba at GIBS in Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa with the aim to provide a platform to enable a collective discussion to improve the mainstreaming of biodiversity considerations into business.

The National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN), in collaboration with its founding partners, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Nedbank, Hatch Goba, Pam Golding Properties, Pick n Pay, Transnet and De Beers, is presenting South Africa’s first national Biodiversity and Business Indaba from 25 to 26 February 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

The Indaba will build on the significant private sector interest in biodiversity demonstrated at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012 and the many developments that have taken place since then. These include the outcomes of the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity Meetings, the latest World Forum on Natural Capital in 2013 and of the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in October 2014.

Dr. Joël Houdet, ACTS South Africa representative, will give an update on the latest tools to mainstream biodiversity into business on February 25 and will present the concluding remarks and way forward for the NBBN on February 26.

Below is a summary of the programme:

Day 1: 25 February 2015
7h00 – 8h00
REGISTRATION
8h00 – 9h00
Opening address by key note speakers
9h00 – 9h30
Welcome and presentation of the objectives of the Indaba
9h30 – 10h30
Setting the strategic direction for the Indaba – panel discussion
10h30 – 11h00
TEA
11h00 – 12h00
Overview of the key challenges for biodiversity and business – panel discussion
12h00 – 13h00
The business case for mainstreaming biodiversity into business – panel discussion
13h00 – 14h00
LUNCH
14h00 – 15h00
Update on latest tools to mainstream biodiversity into business – Dr. Joël Houdet, ACTS
15h00 – 16h00
Current examples of mainstreaming of biodiversity into business
16h00 – 16h30
TEA
16h30 – 17h30
Current examples of mainstreaming of biodiversity into business – continued
17h30 – 19h30
COCKTAIL FUNCTION (sponsored by Nedbank) 
Day 2: 26 February 2015
8h00 – 8h30
Address by key note speaker
8h30 – 9h30
The role of the green economy and green economic policy – panel discussion
9h30 – 10h00
Addressing the communication challenge to facilitate the mainstreaming of biodiversity into business
10h00 – 10h20
Where are you on the journey to mainstreaming biodiversity?
10h20 – 10h50
TEA
10h50 – 11h15
The NBBN and its strategy
11h15 – 12h30
Parallel Sessions: Defining the next steps for your sector
12h30 – 13h30
LUNCH
13h30 – 15h00
Parallel Sessions: Defining the next steps for your sector – continued
15h00 – 15h30
TEA
15h30 – 16h30
Feedback Session: The way forward for your sector
16h30 – 17h00
Conclusion and way forward - Dr. Joël Houdet, ACTS

RSVP: Please send a confirmation email to Shelley Lizzio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap. Please note that there is only a limited number of seats for the Indaba, so please RSVP as soon as possible to secure a space.

Price: R 1200 for the 2 days, including refreshments and lunches on both days, and a cocktail party on the evening of the first day. On receipt of confirmation email, registration and payment information will be sent to you. Your seat will only be confirmed on receipt of payment.

For further information about the Indaba or to get involved in the Indaba, send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to Shelley Lizzio, Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network.

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