BBOP webinar today, Wednesday, October 12, 2016: France’s new biodiversity law and implications for no net loss of biodiveristy

bbop-logoThis 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).

When and how does the BBOP webi­nar take place?

Wednes­day, 12 Octo­ber 14:00 UTC
(4pm CET; 3pm UK; 10am EDT)
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

Over the past five years France has reframed a diverse set of sec­to­r­ial reg­u­la­tions (tar­get­ing wood­land, wet­lands, habi­tats and species) into a coher­ent No Net Loss pol­icy, for which guid­ance was pub­lished in 2012 and 2013. In par­al­lel, a num­ber of ini­tia­tives and pilot projects were being imple­mented on par­tic­u­lar dimen­sions of the mit­i­ga­tion hier­ar­chy, includ­ing pilot “habi­tat banks”. In August 2016, after two years of par­lia­men­tary debates, France approved its new bio­di­ver­sity law. The law states that the appli­ca­tion of the mit­i­ga­tion hier­ar­chy must aim for No Net Loss or a Net Gain of bio­di­ver­sity and spec­i­fies a num­ber of things regard­ing imple­men­ta­tion, includ­ing intro­duc­ing mit­i­ga­tion banks called “nat­ural off­set­ting areas” (sites naturels de com­pen­sa­tion), and con­ser­va­tion easements.

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