I don’t know why I usually find myself reading the likes of those lists and instructions “10 things to know…”, “3 reasons for…” or “100 places to visit…”, even though I have seen them so many times before. The reason maybe is that in the information overload we are facing every day it is more comfortable to have things presented well-structured and sorted out — easily accessible and understandable at first glance.
Now, I tend to explain things rather in detail (you trap me doing it right now!). And so I have found myself writing the same things over and over again, aiming for people to get involved into the Biodiversity Offsets Blog. This has resulted in looong one-on-one emails and messages.
Instead, whom I actually want to reach is YOU as you are reading this. If you are interested in biodiversity offsets (I bet you are, because you are here!), I would kindly ask you to have a look at the 15 ways how you can contribute to the Biodiversity Offsets Blog and choose whichever may be most appropriate or appealing to you. And before you ask, I promise to cover in another post how you could benefit from this platform (“15 things you can expect from the Biodiversity Offsets Blog”) 😉
Here we go — 15 ways how you can contribute to the Biodiversity Offsets Blogs
- Become listed as an expert.
- Subscribe to the blog and receive notifications of all updates.
- Comment on posts and share your views and experience.
- Take part in the open discussion platform: ask questions, share your views and experience.
- Respond to the current poll(s).
- Present (your) research projects related to biodiversity offsets.
- Contribute on-the-ground examples of biodiversity offsets.
- Explain biodiversity offset policies and schemes in different countries.
- Help to build the young researchers and PhD network by contributing PhD theses, student work and related coursework.
- Announce any news or events on biodiversity offsets.
- Share (your) publications, presentations or websites related to biodiversity offsets.
- Have your say on the PROs and CONs of biodiversity offsets and thus found an informed debate.
- Become author on the Biodiversity Offsets Blog and write on any of the things above or whatever you have to say regarding biodiversity offsets.
- Visit the Biodiversity Offsets Blog regularly to have offsetting news from all over the world.
- Recommend the Biodiversity Offsets Blog to others to grow the network.
OK, here we go.. I am interested in examples of offsets, either designed, implemented or where goals have been achieved, that involved currencies and accounting at a fine level of detail. By that I mean not based only on high level surrogates, but trying to balance losses and gains by measuring individual components, e.g., species level (and similar scale) attributes of the affected biodiversity.
Laurence Barea — New Zealand Department of Conservation.
Laurence, thanks for your comment seeking for detailed loss-gain calculations in biodiversity offset design. I think the question towards this leads is crucial: what is an appropriate level of abstraction for determining and measuring impacts and compensation benefits?
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You have done a big job and it’s challenge for your tomorrow and later with this international biodiversity community. I surveyed on visitors in this site from each countries,..ummm.. can you tell me about your target in final 2015? For my participation(absolutely, I’m happy to join) what’s a special issue you want to know or want to distribute here from context in Thailand biodiversity and offsetting of it?