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I had blogged about it earlier how happy I am to receive the EIA Study Award of the German Society for Environmental Impact Assessment.
The big day had finally come Thursday, 30 November and I was enjoying both an interesting EIA congress with lots of inspiring talks from practitioners, policymakers, scientists and administration. But of course, my personal highlight was the official award ceremony. Thanks to the jury for choosing my work for this prize and especially thanks to Prof. Sabine Baumgart for a fantastic laudation (sometimes I couldn’t believe she was speaking about me and my work ;o)). And again, heartful thanks to all of you for your support and contribution to this work and the warm words and congratulations that I have received so far.
After uploading the German official press release, I now want to share the English version of the press release with you. For whom this may be a bit too formal, find below also some photographs :o)
Official press release on the EIA study award
Marianne Darbi, research assistant at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), has received the EIA Study Award 2016 for her dissertation on the mitigation of environmental impacts. With a prize of up to € 5,000, the award goes to outstanding research in the field of environmental impact assessment (EIA). It was awarded by the German Society for Environmental Impact Assessment (UVP-Gesellschaft) end of September. Marianne Darbi had convinced the independent jury with a global typology of measures to compensate for biodiversity loss. Continue reading
As I had promised earlier, I am sharing with you some impressions and presentations from our biodiversity offsets session at the recent EcoSummit in Montpellier. After the general session description and line-up of speakers, find below the abstract and presentation for each of the speakers (including a few photographs). Continue reading
Many of you have asked me about my twitter name in the past two years — and I always had to reply that there was –err– none. but I had this on my to-do list for a long time. Having finished my PhD I thought this was a great occasion to start over new and join twitter for an even more vibrant exchange on biodiversity offsets and fighting to halt biodiversity loss.
You can follow me @MarianneDarbi (who would have guessed ;o)) and see all the updates from the Biodiversity Offsets Blog on LinkedIn and on Twitter.
This is a last minute reminder to register for another interesting BBOP webinar, taking place today, October 12.
Ophélie Darses, Deputy Bureau Chief of Global Public Goods from the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea, and Fabien Quétier from the French environmental consultancy Biotope will present and discuss the new provisions introduced by the new French biodiversity law including its implications on the rights and duties of “offset operators”, financial guarantees for offsets, and a national public georeferenced database on offsets.
As usual the webinar is part of the BBOP community of practice (all previous webinars are archived there if you want to listen to them later).
Burkhard Fahnenbruch vom Vorstand der UVP-Gesellschaft gratuliert Preisträgerin Marianne Darbi (re.), im Hintergrund: Laudatorin und Jury-Mitglied Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumgart von der TU Dortmund. (Quelle: UVP-Gesellschaft e. V.)
[This is the official press release (in German) on the recent EIA study award that I have received for my PhD on biodiversity offsets.]
Für ihre Dissertation über die Regulierung von Eingriffen in die Umwelt hat Marianne Darbi, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung (IÖR), den UVP-Studienpreis 2016 erhalten. Der mit insgesamt bis zu 5.000 Euro dotierte Preis geht an herausragende Forschungsarbeiten rund um das Thema Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfung (UVP). Er wurde Ende September von der Gesellschaft für die Prüfung der Umweltverträglichkeit (UVP-Gesellschaft) verliehen. Marianne Darbi hatte die unabhängige Jury mit einer weltweiten Typisierung von Ausgleichsmaßnahmen zum Erhalt der biologischen Vielfalt überzeugt. Continue reading
What’s it about in short: CIRIA, the UK’s construction industry research and information association joins forces with Balfour Beatty to target Biodiversity Net Gain following ‘best practice principles’
When was it released: September, 2016
By whom: CIRIA UK, Julia Baker
More info: http://www.ciria.org/News/blog/Biodiversity_Net_Gain_is_the_next_big_thing.aspx Continue reading
In this webinar, brought to you by IEMA, CIRIA and CIEEM, Julia Baker will outline and review the best practice principles for UK industry to achieve biodiversity net gain outcomes from development. It will focus on recent principles, drafted and developed through a collaborative and cross-profession based partnership. It will also provide examples of biodiversity net-gain approaches and insights into developing guidance.
When: September 22, 2016 1:30 PM — 2:45 PM CEST
How: you can register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3041335300843281412
The Department for Sustainability of the Dirección de Políticas Ambientales de la Generalitat de Cataluña (Barcelona, Spain) is organizing a workshop on biodiversity offsets and habitat banking (in Spanish), entitled “Hacia la No Pérdida Neta de biodiversidad en la evaluación ambiental: Medidas compensatorias y bancos de conservación de la naturaleza”. Speakers include Ferran Miralles, David Alvarez, Ana Villaroya, Sebastian Winkler and Louis da Sousa. for more information see below and check on Mercados de Medio Ambiente: http://www.mercadosdemedioambiente.com/actualidad/hacia-la-no-perdida-neta-de-biodiversidad-en-la-evaluacion-ambiental-medidas-compensatorias-y-bancos-de-conservacion-de-la-naturaleza/.
When: September 20, 2016
Where: Sala Pierre de Coubertin del Museo y Centro de Estudios del Deporte Mercior Colet de Barcelona
How: Open to the public. Si te interesa asistir, ponte en contacto con la organización en el siguiente correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s it about in short: Giving examples from the UK context (Network Rail), Julia Baker argues that there are situations when the framework for biodiversity offsetting can benefit nature — and help us achieve our 2020 target of halting biodiversity loss.
When was it released: September, 2016
By whom: IALE UK, Julia Baker
More info: http://iale.uk/biodiversity-offsetting-better-nature, see also the related LinkedIn discussion Continue reading
What’s it about in short: information on marine biodiversity offsets (via a related symposium and BBOP webinar)
When was it released: August 18, 2016
By whom: Nicki Shumway
More info: Presentation by Nicole Shumway, http://brisbane2016.scboceania.org/sessions/confronting-threats-to-marine-ecosystems-through-the-use-of-biodiversity-offsets/ Continue reading