Day 1 Schedule

07:30-08:30 Arrival and Registration

08:30-12:00 Opening Plenary (venue: Marquee)

Welcome remarks by the Local Organising Committee

Message from BirdLife CEO

Business and Biodiversity: urgent need for a collaborative approach

Redefining the roles of natural capital in enabling Africa’s inclusive and resilient economic growth

Opening speech: investing in natural capital for inclusive development

Panel Discussion

From policy to action: promoting cross-sectoral collaboration for Africa’s sustainable development

Private Sector Engagement in Africa’s Sustainability Agenda

Harnessing institutional mechanisms for inclusive development in Africa

Pathway for innovative development in Africa

12:00-14:00 Lunch/Group Photo/Press Interview

1400-16:30 SESSION 1 (PART A): Extractive Industries (venue M

Opening remarks by session chair

Keynote speech: making the extractive sector sustainable for nature and people 

Private Sector Perspective

Government Perspective

Panel Presentation

Business and Biodiversity – the Bigger Picture

Pre-Forum workshop feedback: Strengthening governance of the Oil and Gas and Mining Sectors for improved Biodiversity Outcomes.

Embedding Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management through the Project Cycle of Oil and Gas Operations

Real world challenges of implementing the mitigation hierarchy

SADC’s/IUCN “Guidelines for Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Extractive Industries.” 

Extractives industries/sector and the Sustainable Development Goals


14:00-16:30 SESSION 1 (PART B): Sustainable Agriculture

Opening remarks by session chair

Keynote speech: Harnessing Africa’s Food Security Through Nature-Based Solutions

Panel Presentation

The Role of Science and Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture Network Standard and their Applications to Agriculture

Developing Resilient, Inclusive and Green Agricultural Growth Corridors in Africa

Integrated Landscape Management Framework

Climate Smart Agriculture (Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative – LCTPi


19:00-21:00 Opening Banquet (venue: Marquee)

Day 2 Schedule

07:00-08:00 Africa Business and Biodiversity Forum (venue: Conference Hall wing A)

08:30-09:30 CEO/high level dialogue (by invitation) (venue: Conference Hall wing B)

09:30-12:00 SESSION 2 (PART A): Nature-Energy Nexus

Opening remarks by session chair

Keynote speech: Sustainable and Inclusive Energy Development in Africa

Panel Presentation (each panellist will give 10 minutes introductory speech):

Renewable energy and environmental sustainability in South Africa

Biodiversity sensitive energy power infrastructure 

Mainstreaming biodiversity into the energy sector

Ensuring renewable energy is safe for birds, an NGO perspective

Renewable energy: the future of sustainable energy production in Africa


09:30-12:00 SESSION 2 (PART B): Natural Capital Accounting (venue: Conference Hall) 

Opening remarks by session chair

Panel Presentation 

Natural Capital Coalition and Natural Capital Protocol

Natural Capital Declaration: integrating natural capital into financial products and                services

Namibia’s experience on Resource Mobilization and Natural Capital Accounts

Panel Discussion/Q&A

Summary of session outcomes


12:00-14:00  Lunch/Side Events

12:45-13:45  CEPF Side Event (venue: Conference Hall)

14:00-16:30 Plenary (venue: Marquee)

Synthesis of session outcomes

National and Sub-regional Business and Biodiversity Networks (Forum Partners)

Sustainability plan (Akosombo Declaration)

Closing session

18:30-19:30 BirdLife Council for the Africa Partnership Opening Ceremony (pool area)

19:30-21:30 Partnership Fair (Conference Hall)

Closing Cocktail