SHORT INFO — Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik about biodiversity offsetting

What’s it about in short: let­ter by orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als to EU Com­mis­sion on bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting con­cerns When was it released: Octo­ber 20, 2014 By whom: FERN More info: and … Con­tinue read­ing

SHORT INFO — Biodiversity offsetting: uncertainty and unanswered questions

What’s it about in short: unan­swered ques­tions on the imple­men­ta­tion of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets (in gen­eral and in the UK) When was it released: April 20, 2015 By whom: British Eco­log­i­cal Soci­ety More info: … Con­tinue read­ing

Beyond biodiversity offsetting; trading away community rights in Gabon — critical briefing note by FERN

The cam­paign­ing NGO FERN, based in the UK and in Brus­sels, is one of the active oppo­nents of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets. Recently they have pub­lished the fourth part of a series on crit­i­cal brief­ing notes on bio­di­ver­sity off­sets. This brief­ing notes … Con­tinue read­ing

The commodification of nature? — article in BIODIV’2050

As I have already announced in my lat­est post, the lat­est issue of Mis­sion Économie de la Biodiversité’s “BIODIV’2050″ (No. 6 — April 2015) is out. Beside the pre­vi­ously men­tioned arti­cle enti­tled “Think­ing out the appro­pri­ate frame­works: bio­di­ver­sity off­sets and safe­guards” another … Con­tinue read­ing

Biodiversity offsetting – a fool’s errand? — a comment by James Brown

This is a guest post by James Brown, PhD stu­dent at Queen’s Uni­ver­sity Belfast. This com­ment has pre­vi­ously been pub­lished on QuBio blog of the School of Bio­log­i­cal Sci­ences. It is the expres­sion of the author’s thoughts and expe­ri­ences and … Con­tinue read­ing

Does biodiversity offsetting make nature a commodity? — a comment by Agata Szafraniuk

Recently I found a post on Hot Air (A Client Earth blog) which asks: Does bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting make nature a com­mod­ity? In her arti­cle Agata Szafra­niuk com­ments on the EU No Net Loss Ini­tia­tive and gives some con­clu­sions from the … Con­tinue read­ing

Case studies of biodiversity offsetting: voices from the ground — a critical briefing note from Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth rep­re­sent some of the strongest crit­ics to Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets both as a con­cept and in prac­tice. They have pre­pared a short brief­ing note enti­tled “Case stud­ies of bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting: voices from the ground” includ­ing a crit­i­cal … Con­tinue read­ing

Opinion Biodiversity Offsets As Corporate Responsibility: Opportunity Or Paradox? A comment by Carlos Ferreira

This is a guest post by Car­los Fer­reira, Research Assis­tant in the Cen­ter for Busi­ness in Soci­ety at Coven­try Uni­ver­sity. He can be reached at This com­ment has pre­vi­ously been pub­lished on Ecosys­tem Mar­ket­place. It is the expres­sion of the … Con­tinue read­ing

The value of valuing nature — new discussion on LinkedIn

Daniel Moura  has started a new dis­cus­sion in the Bio­di­ver­sity Pro­fes­sion­als Group on LinkedIn on the value of valu­ing nature. This is based on a recent arti­cle pub­lished in the research news sec­tion of the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge (UK), enti­tled … Con­tinue read­ing

Love or Leave? The controversy about Biodiversity Offsets

No to Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set­ting? As bio­di­ver­sity off­sets become more vis­i­ble in the pub­lic they are sub­ject to a grow­ing con­tro­versy. Crit­ics of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets have a grow­ing lobby, espe­cially in the UK, where the gov­ern­ment seems to rush, want­ing to … Con­tinue read­ing