I 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
An important call for inclusive conservation
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: http://www.nature.com/news/working-together-a-call-for-inclusive-conservation-1.16260
Wetland Offsets Proposed in Case of Abbot Point Dredge Spoil Site
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?
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?
Conservation banking and land stewardship in Spain
La estrecha relación entre los bancos de conservación de la naturaleza y la custodia del territorio mercadosdemedioambiente.com
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
Conserving Land in the East Kootenays tecksustainability.com
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…