I am organizing a session on biodiversity offsets for the 2016 Ecosummit to be held in Montpellier (29 August — 1 September 2016 | Le Corum, Montpellier, France) together with Fabien Quétier and Wolfgang Wende. The title is: European perspectives and global challenges on achieving no net loss of biodiversity in the context of development. Abstracts can be submitted until February 15 here.
For more information see the Ecosummit website, the session description below or get in contact with me.
0128 European perspectives and global challenges on achieving no net loss of biodiversity in the context of development
Loss of biodiversity
With biodiversity being lost at unprecedented rate, there is growing concern on how to mitigate the unavoidable impacts of development projects. Alongside with the promotion of goals of ‘no net loss’ or ‘net gain’, biodiversity offsets are increasingly used to counterbalance these impacts. While offset frameworks have been put in place in several countries worldwide (e.g. Germany, the US, Australia, Canada, Brazil), the subject has risen onto the political agenda of the European Union in the past years, most notably via the proposed No Net Loss Initiative, but also in several member states (e.g. France, Spain, the UK and Sweden). This session aims to bring together the latest developments from science, policy and practice from EU member states and international experience in addressing the global challenges raised by biodiversity offset policies and their implementation, including social, economic and political aspects as well as technical and scientific aspects.