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2nd Biodiversity Economy Indaba to be hosted at Durban International Convention Centre, from 5 to 7 November 2015

2 November 2015

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, will on 5 November 2015 officially open the 2nd Biodiversity Economy Indaba at the International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Indaba is being hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs from 5 - 7 November 2015. The aim of the 2015 Biodiversity Economy Indaba will be to bring together multiple and diverse stakeholders in the biodiversity economy, including the hunting, game farm and related activities industries, as well as the bioprospecting, natural products and biotrade industries.

Dialogue at the Biodiversity Economy Indaba will be embedded in the context of the National Development Plan, the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; the National Strategy for Sustainable Development; the Biodiversity Economy Strategy and other international obligations emanating from the CITES and CBD, such as the Nagoya Protocol, the Aichi targets and the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan.

Among the matters to be discussed will be the transformation of the biodiversity, bioprospecting and biotrade sectors and the hunting industry, the issue of colour variants and selective breeding in the wildlife sector and the development of business models and innovation networks in the bioprospecting sector.

Members of the media are invited to attend the Indaba.

Opening ceremony:

Date:  Thursday, 5 November 2015
Venue:  International Convention Centre, Durban
Time:08:00 – 12:00

RSVP by 4 November 2015 to:

Lebogang Maseko
Tel: 012 399 8992
Cell: 062 365 9978
E - mail:

Eleanor Momberg
Tel: 012 399 9948
Cell: 083 400 5741 
E - mail:

For media inquiries contact
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871