About the Biodiversity Offsets Newsweek
If you are interested in environmental compensation and biodiversity offsets, there are certainly good news: there is now a whole bunch of information from different sources, locations and viewpoints publicly available (something which wasn’t this easy only a couple of years ago). Now, as has been pointed out (see here) the Biodiversity Offsets Blog aims to compile and somewhat structure this information. But there is not only a wealth of sources already out there on the internet, but also new sources are continuously being added. I am following and collecting the news via Scoop.it and cover the most trending ones in posts on the Biodiversity Offsets Blog. Nevertheless, not all news can be covered (at least not yet) and therefore the “Biodiversity Offsets Newsweek” will list up the headlines of the past week, together with the links and PDFs of the articles or news.
This week: November 10–16, 2014
This week (November 10–16, 2014) was relatively calm as regards biodiversity offsets news. Perhaps most interesting to note are two pieces of information from research. The first is a law student’s research paper on biodiversity offsets under New Zealand’s primary planning legislation – the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). The paper argues that while the current approach to offsets under the RMA is sub-optimal, recent developments of the law pertaining to national policy statements provide an opportunity to use biodiversity offsets as part of implementing an environmental bottom line for biodiversity and ecosystem function loss. The second is a report entitled “Can market-based instruments make a difference?” which was elaborated in the scope of the “invaluable” project. In another article the Research Council of Norway is encouraging research activities that draw closer connections between climate and biodiversity. Two other articles are more concerned about likely negative environmental impacts: The first claims Russian authorities are proceeding with two major construction projects in protected areas, despite potential consequences including UNESCO sanctions and deadly walrus stampedes. The second article fears that the UK’s Biodiversity Offsetting proposal is too simplistic.
Biodiversity offsets news from Academia
Biodiversity offsets under the Resource Management Act 1991: A New Environmental Bottom-Line? November 10, 2014, by Holloway, Adam Lothian (see also here)
Filling In The Information Gap On Market Based Instruments For Biodiversity Conservation, November 11, 2014, by Kelli Barett
Biodiversity can offset climate change, November 13, 2014, Research council of Norway, by Lisbet Jære/Thomas Keilman. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann (see also here and here)
Critical discussion on biodiversity offsets
Russia Plows Ahead With Construction at UNESCO Sites, November 11, 2014, by Alexej Eremenko
Biodiversity Offsetting proposal too simplistic — Green Watchdog warns, November 12, 2014, by UK parliament
PDFs of the Articles/Links
To prevent to loose information find the Pdfs of the articles or news below — as we know, that unfortunately every now and then things are being removed from the internet.