BBOP webinar this Thursday, April 9, 2015: Biodiversity Offsetting Practice — Western Sydney, Australia

bbop-logoThere’s another BBOP webi­nar upcom­ing in two days time from now, i.e. Thurs­day (or Wednes­day evening for the US and related time zones).

This time the topic is: “Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set­ting Prac­tice — West­ern Syd­ney, Aus­tralia”. Tom Grosskopf and Derek Steller from the NSW Office of Envi­ron­ment and Her­itage will set out the pol­icy con­text, describe the off­set­ting tools used and show the out­comes of the program.

 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, April, 2015, 12 — 1 am UTC (Well yes, that’s dur­ing night time in West­ern Europe, but I am sure it’s worth it. How­ever, you may also choose to lis­ten to the record­ing later.)
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 often hotly debated in aca­d­e­mic, devel­op­ment and con­ser­va­tion forums but what are the out­comes in practice?

In New South Wales, Aus­tralia the gov­ern­ment has estab­lished a con­ser­va­tion fund to pro­tect pri­or­ity bio­di­ver­sity areas. The fund­ing will be derived over the next 25 to 30 years from a spe­cial infra­struc­ture con­tri­bu­tion that applies within des­ig­nated Growth Cen­tres and from gen­eral gov­ern­ment rev­enue. Three quar­ters of the con­ser­va­tion fund is used to imple­ment the Growth Cen­tres Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set Pro­gram. The aim of the Pro­gram is to per­ma­nently pro­tect some of the best remain­ing bush­land in west­ern Syd­ney and the sur­round­ing areas.

The focus of the pre­sen­ta­tion will be the prac­ti­cal envi­ron­men­tal out­comes and the costs of achiev­ing them. Three real world exam­ples will be described and com­pared against the busi­ness as usual approach to devel­op­ment in Australia’s largest and most aggres­sively grow­ing city.

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