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Strengthening implementation of the Mitigation Hierarchy:
managing biodiversity risk for greater conservation gains
Description: This project brings researchers from the Departments of Geography and Zoology at the University of Cambridge together with business and biodiversity specialists in FFI, BirdLife, RSPB, and UNEP-WCMC to identify and promote best practice for implementing the mitigation hierarchy and thus reducing the risks posed to businesses from the destruction/loss of biodiversity. The results will be integrated by companies into their operations.
Duration: 2014 — ongoing
Contact: Genevieve Hayes
Improving the potential of biodiversity offsetting to reconcile development and conservation: will good environmental outcomes counterbalance the bad?
Description: This research aims to evaluate alternative approaches to biodiversity offsetting from a series of regions, each at different stages of economic development. It will reveal how different offset approaches, baseline assumptions, and sources of uncertainty affect the long-term retention of biodiversity, and will develop new approaches that better balance biodiversity conservation and development. I plan to develop case studies for a range of case study species and ecosystems globally, and simulate the long-term consequences of different existing and proposed offsetting approaches.
Duration: 2015 — 2018
Contact: Martine Maron
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