Biodiversity Offsets in recent discussions in LinkedIn groups

LinkedIn discussionsI am using LinkedIn not only as a plat­form to con­nect to other peo­ple in my pro­fes­sional field, but also to exchange and dis­cuss cur­rent issues. As a result, all of the posts on the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog are shared as updates among my LinkedIn con­nec­tions and most also posted to the BBOP No Net Loss Dis­cus­sion Group and a cho­sen few to the Bio­di­ver­sity Pro­fes­sion­als Group. For me per­son­ally, this has led to some insight­ful online conversations.

But apart from these ini­ti­ated updates, I am also fol­low­ing inter­est­ing updates of oth­ers. I’d there­for like to share some inter­est­ing top­ics and dis­cus­sions related to bio­di­ver­sity off­sets that I have observed in LinkedIn groups over the past two months.

Bio­di­ver­sity off­set mar­kets: What are they really? An empir­i­cal approach to wet­land mit­i­ga­tion banking

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by  in the Bio­di­ver­sity Pro­fes­sion­als Group.

An impor­tant call for inclu­sive conservation

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by in the BBOP No Net Loss Dis­cus­sion Group.

This is an impor­tant read for any­one caught up in a debate about the ethics and effi­cacy bio­di­ver­sity off­sets or any other tools which bring together diverse inter­ests in the ser­vice of nature:

Wet­land Off­sets Pro­posed in Case of Abbot Point Dredge Spoil Site

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by  in the Sus­tain­able Sites Ini­tia­tive Group.

A recent ABC report tracks pre­vi­ous envi­ron­men­tal advice regard­ing the pro­posed dump­ing of Abbot Point Coal Ter­mi­nal dredge spoils in the Caley Val­ley Wet­lands adja­cent to the Great Bar­rier Reef WHA. The Queens­land Govt. pro­poses wet­land off­sets and has called for ten­ders on the dredg­ing, while pre­vi­ous advice indi­cated Caley Val­ley was the worst of sev­eral options con­sid­ered for the spoil dump. Can such eco­log­i­cal off-setting work and should it be con­sid­ered? Should and will the plan be approved by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment? Given the site is just out­side the World Her­itage Area, what role and influ­ence does the UNESCO World Her­itage Com­mit­tee have in this case?

The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment has known for more than two years that the site where it pro­poses to dump mil­lions of tonnes of dredge spoil at Abbot Point was the worst of seven pos­si­ble options from an envi­ron­men­tal point of view.

‘Good for peo­ple’ might not always be good for the planet. Who has con­trol of the restora­tion agenda?

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by  in the Nature Con­ser­vancy Group.

The new bat­tle cry unit­ing cli­mate cam­paign­ers, envi­ron­men­tal­ists, agri­cul­tur­al­ists and advo­cates of a land­scapes approach to plan­ning is for the restora­tion of for­mer for­est land. But what do we mean by “restora­tion”? Restora­tion to what?

What could be the sig­nif­i­cance of com­pen­satory plan­ta­tion for the devel­op­ment projects in the con­text of bio­di­ver­sity of the area?

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by  in the Land­scape ecol­ogy and plan­ning Group.

Con­ser­va­tion bank­ing and land stew­ard­ship in Spain

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by  in the BBOP No Net Loss Dis­cus­sion Group.

Tanto los ban­cos de con­ser­vación (o ban­cos de hábi­tat) como la cus­to­dia del ter­ri­to­rio son instru­men­tos surgi­dos con el fin de garan­ti­zar la conservación…

Teck land purchase

Here’s the link to the dis­cus­sion started by  in the BBOP No Net Loss Dis­cus­sion Group.

As part of our ongo­ing work to enhance bio­di­ver­sity, we under­took a unique con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tive in the East Koote­nay region, pur­chas­ing approx­i­mately 7,150 hectares of pri­vate lands in the Elk Val­ley and Flat­head River Val­ley. “This pur­chase is…

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