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Biodiversoty Indaba and Investment Summit 2024 (BIIS 2024) 


Biodiverity Economy and Investment Indaba

Collective action for thriving nature and people

Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre     |     25 - 27 March 2024




South Africa is a special country with exceptional biodiversity, much of which is unique and makes us one of the world's like-minded megadiverse countries. This biodiversity wealth gives people tangible benefits like food, clean water, medicine and materials. It supports agricultural and fisheries production and helps protect us from natural hazards such as droughts and floods; and provides a vibrant tourism industry while offering natural spaces for recreational, spiritual and cultural activities. South Africa's economy is dependent on this biodiversity. As of 2018, the biodiversity sector has been maintaining  over  418 000 sustainable jobs, and compared  favourably with the mining sector at the time. Many of jobs are created in far-flung rural areas, providing an opportunity for contributing to rural economy.

As the world is recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and experiencing an unprecedented loss of biodiversity and financial constraints through budget cuts for the biodiversity sector, we are presented with a clarion call and an opportunity to halt biodiversity loss and change the way we live, eat, grow, build and power our lives to achieve a carbon-neutral, "nature-positive" economy by 2030. Business as usual is no longer an option, and we need a fundamental transformation across three socio-economic systems such as nature, food, land and ocean use; infrastructure and the built environment, as well as extractive industries and energy. These systems have an opportunity and a responsibility to reverse biodiversity loss whilst at the same time they also have tremendous upside benefits to gain by embracing a transformative approach now.

The White Paper on Conservation and Sustainable Use serves as a rallying point for coordinated action for "thriving nature and people". Furthermore, it ushers in not just a whole-of-government, but also a transformative, whole-of-society approach. The white paper envisages a multi-stakeholder engagement process towards the development of a programme of work complemented by a roadmap.


Enhance the conversation on the National Biodiversity Economy Strategy and its contribution to addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality | Promote multi-stakeholder commitment to strengthen the biodiversity economy sector | Promote co-operative governance for effective policy implementation | Showcase market ready biodiversity products and services from across the biodiversity economy value chains through exhibitions for business-to-business trading, networking and sustainable partnerships.






Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre     |     25 - 27 March 2024



Presidential address on the biodiversity sector and investment. | The indaba will broadly discuss the National Biodiversity Economy Strategy which is out for public comments.| Potential bankable projects will be profiled in the investment portal.


Commission 1: Wildlife. Commission 2: Bioprospecting. Commission 3: Ecotourism. Commission 4: Aquaculture fisheries (inland and marine).




1. Financing biodiversity to close the financial gap. | 2. Leveraging biodiversity-based features to scale inclusive ecotourism industry growth in seascapes and in sustainable conservation land-use. | 3. Biodiversity economy – a catalyst for rural development.


Exhibitions of products and services within the biodiversity economy value chains including products from bioprospecting, wildlife, ecotourism, marine, and fisheries. At a venue flexible enough to accommodate all the key tenants of the event, including flexibility towards accommodating food vendors and exhibitors.







Avoid the queues on the day of the event by collecting your barcoded accreditation on Saturday, 23 March 2024 from 15:00 – 18:-00  (venue tbc). Security at the venue requires delegates accreditation to match photo ID upon entry into the event. Please bring SA photo ID (passport, drivers license or national ID smart card). All accreditations are non-transferable.  Entry to all venues will be refused without a badge.


Tea, coffee and water will be available at designated refreshments points. Lunch will be provided to all delegates in the lunch hall. Vegetarians, halaal, kosher and vegans will be cared for.  If you have specified on the RSVP form.


Shuttles will be available every 30 minutes at the domestic arrival terminal from OR Tambo International Airport to Birchwood Hotel. 


There are a range of services at the venue: Free Wi-Fi  and designated prayer room. No ATMs are available. Please note: luggage is not allowed at the conference venue and should be left at your hotel concierge. The organisers will not be held responsible for items left in the cloakroom.









Mr. Peter Mbelengwa
Mobile: 082 611 8197



Ms Kgomotso Mokgoko
Tel: 012 399 8500
Mobile: 071 609 0917



Ms Thulisile Mthimunye
Tel: 012 399 9960
Mobile: 082 217 8018



Ms Felicity Hutamo
Tel: 012 399 8500
Mobile: 083 729 8928



Mr Vinesh Naidoo
Tel: 012 399 8537
Mobile: 083 554 5885



Tel: 086 111 2468







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