BBOP webinar next Thursday, July 30, 2015: The Impacts of Biodiversity Offsets on Protected Areas

bbop-logoThere’s another BBOP webi­nar upcom­ing for next week, Thurs­day, July 30.

This time the topic is: “The Impacts of Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets on Pro­tected Areas”. Leon Ben­nun of The Bio­di­ver­sity Con­sul­tancy asks under what cir­cum­stances, and sub­ject to what con­di­tions, are pro­tected area off­sets appro­pri­ate and workable.

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).

When and how does the BBOP webi­nar take place?

Thurs­day, July 30, 2015, 2 — 3  pm UTC
You can reg­is­ter via this link. Upon reg­is­tra­tion you will receive a con­fir­ma­tion email with the link to the webi­nar (that will become active shortly before the pre­sen­ta­tion stats. You will be con­nected to audio using your computer’s micro­phone and speak­ers (VoIP). A head­set is rec­om­mended. Or, you may select Use Tele­phone after join­ing the Webinar.

Some infor­ma­tion on the BBOP webinar

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets are increas­ingly being used by busi­ness to com­pen­sate for the resid­ual impacts of devel­op­ment and ful­fill vol­un­tary, finan­cial or reg­u­la­tory com­mit­ments. The rela­tion­ship between bio­di­ver­sity off­sets and Pro­tected Areas is an impor­tant prac­ti­cal issue. In many coun­tries pro­tected areas are severely under­funded, and seem to pro­vide good tar­gets for off­set invest­ments — a win-win approach for busi­ness, gov­ern­ments and con­ser­va­tion. How­ever, off­sets in parks could under­mine key off­set­ting prin­ci­ples con­cern­ing addi­tion­al­ity, com­pa­ra­bil­ity and per­ma­nence. This webi­nar, pre­sented by Leon Ben­nun of The Bio­di­ver­sity Con­sul­tancy, explores these issues.

A brief view­point arti­cle on this topic authored by Leon Ben­nun and John Pil­grim was pub­lished in the jour­nal Con­ser­va­tion Let­ters in advance of the World Parks Con­gress, and can be found here.

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