Cactus status post #8

Cac­tus is back on track. How­ever, seems like both of us have mul­ti­ple respon­si­bil­i­ties or dis­trac­tions at the moment… With regard to the “vol­un­tari­ness” chap­ter I am work­ing on Vol­un­tary Envi­ron­men­tal Approaches and Cor­po­rate Respon­si­bil­ity at the moment. March Update: … Con­tinue read­ing

A National Biodiversity Offset Scheme: A Road Map for Liberia’s Mining Sector — new World Bank report

Sally John­son has writ­ten a report enti­tled “A National Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set Scheme: A Road Map for Liberia’s Min­ing Sec­tor”. This report was also pre­sented in a BBOP webi­nar last fri­day. You can find the full report here: A National Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set … Con­tinue read­ing

Decoupling economic growth from environmental impacts is purely NONSENSE — insights from the first Dresden Nexus Conference

The last few days I was attend­ing the first Dres­den Nexus Con­fer­ence. The event, co-organized by Leib­niz Insti­tute of Eco­log­i­cal Urban and Regional Devel­op­ment (my insti­tute), United Nations Uni­ver­sity and Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Dres­den (our local uni­ver­sity), uni­fied the catch words … Con­tinue read­ing

BBOP webinar this Friday, March 26, 2015: A National Biodiversity Offset Scheme for Liberia’s Mining Sector

I know, it’s a bit short notice, but there is another BBOP webi­nar being held this Fri­day. This time the topic is: “A National Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set Scheme for Liberia’s Min­ing Sec­tor”. Sally John­son, Con­sul­tant, and lead author of a recent World … Con­tinue read­ing

The legal and institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting — a workshop report by Megan Evans

This is a guest post by Megan Evans, a PhD researcher based at the  Fen­ner School of Envi­ron­ment and Soci­ety, at the Aus­tralian National Uni­ver­sity in Can­berra, Aus­tralia. This com­ment has pre­vi­ously been pub­lished on Megan’s Blog. It is the expres­sion of the … Con­tinue read­ing

Compensation for biodiversity losses: can varied approaches deliver? A comment by Carlos Ferreira

This is a guest post by Car­los Fer­reira, Research Assis­tant in the Cen­ter for Busi­ness in Soci­ety at Coven­try Uni­ver­sity. He can be reached at It is the expres­sion of the author’s thoughts and expe­ri­ences and as such is … Con­tinue read­ing

Suncor-Winagami Biodiversity Offset project in Canada

I have recently come across another long-term bio­di­ver­sity off­set project. The Cana­dian Suncor-Winagami project dates back to 2003. The Winagami Lake Project began as a pilot ini­ti­ated by Sun­cor and the Alberta Con­ser­va­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (ACA) with the goal of buy­ing land … Con­tinue read­ing

Cynical conservation: cartoons on offsetting, ecosystem services and nature conservation

I have recently stum­bled across the works of “Cyn­i­cal con­ser­va­tion”, a car­toon­ist who shares his cyn­i­cal draw­ings on twit­ter. Most likely to be based in the UK, he (?) describes him­self as a “Cyn­i­cal con­ser­va­tion­ist, illus­trat­ing my frus­tra­tions to remain … Con­tinue read­ing

Manifesto for conservation banks in Spain — a guest post by Mercados de Medio Ambiente

This is a guest post by Mer­ca­dos de Medio Ambi­ente, a plat­form for the pro­mo­tion of envi­ron­men­tal mar­kets by Span­ish con­sul­tancy ECOACSA.  This com­ment has pre­vi­ously been pub­lished on Mer­ca­dos de Medio Ambi­ente. It is the expres­sion of the author’s … Con­tinue read­ing

Evaluating biodiversity offset policies — an interim outline by Megan Evans on her PhD research

I have been fol­low­ing the work of Megan Evans (who is PhD­ing at at the Aus­tralian National Uni­ver­sity in Can­berra, Aus­tralia) for quite a while, now. Not only in per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion or via her pub­li­ca­tions (by the way, Megan, I should tell … Con­tinue read­ing