(First) Biodiversity Offsets NewsMONTH, January 2015

Some time ago, I have announced that the news cat­e­gory that I have cre­ated for the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog, enti­tled “Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Newsweek”, would be replaced by another tool. Not so much dif­fer­ent (same style and struc­ture), this new tool is enti­tled “Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets News­month”. As you may guess, the con­cept stays the same, only the time­frame changes — from weekly to monthly. I decided to do so for sev­eral rea­sons: First, infor­ma­tion didn’t always get in “on time” and there were often inter­est­ing news I heard of some time after the week the actu­ally referred to (yes, even the inter­net has its response time!). Sec­ond, I didn’t always man­age to do this on time, but clear rou­tines are impor­tant for this. And third, and most impor­tantly, if any­one wants to go through this in ret­ro­spec­tive it is far more annoy­ing to click through 52 posts for one year than to search only twelve, but more exten­sive, though. Hope this will help as a use­ful doc­u­men­ta­tion tool.

About the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Newsmonth

If you are inter­ested in envi­ron­men­tal com­pen­sa­tion and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets, there are cer­tainly good news: there is now a whole bunch of infor­ma­tion from dif­fer­ent sources, loca­tions and view­points pub­licly avail­able (some­thing which wasn’t this easy only a cou­ple of years ago). Now, as has been pointed out (see here) the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog aims to com­pile and some­what struc­ture this infor­ma­tion. But there is not only a wealth of sources already out there on the inter­net, but also new sources are con­tin­u­ously being added. I am fol­low­ing and col­lect­ing the news via Scoop.it and cover the most trend­ing ones in posts on the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog. Nev­er­the­less, not all news can be cov­ered (at least not yet) and there­fore the “Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets News­month” lists up the head­lines of the past month, together with the links and PDFs of the arti­cles or news.

This month: Jan­u­ary 2015

This is the first News­month in 2015 (and the first ever). Two inter­est­ing papers have been pub­lished: the first is an empir­i­cal analy­sis of bio­di­ver­sity off­set mar­kets at the case of wet­land mit­i­ga­tion bank­ing by Anne-Charlotte Vais­sière and Harold Lev­rel and the sec­ond is a paper that describes the devel­op­ment of the Aus­tralian envi­ron­men­tal off­sets pol­icy at fed­eral level (by Kather­ine Miller et al.). Fur­ther­more, the Busi­ness and Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Pro­gram pub­lished an updated report on the Ambat­ovy case study (Mada­gas­car).

A vast major­ity of news orig­i­nates from Aus­tralia, includ­ing infor­ma­tion on legal and pol­icy related issues and mostly related to bio­di­ver­sity off­sets for spe­cific devel­op­ment projects in the min­ing sector.

Another key aspect was the EU No Net Loss Ini­tia­tive. The results of the related pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion were made pub­licly avail­able online, together with another study on bio­di­ver­sity met­rics and mech­a­nisms for secur­ing long term con­ser­va­tion ben­e­fits of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets. The tem­po­rary close issu­ing of these two raised con­cern (e.g. by NGO FERN): “Euro­pean Commission’s bio­di­ver­sity off­set report shows it is deaf to the con­cerns of EU cit­i­zens”.

There were sin­gle news from the US, the UK and most inter­est­ingly from Uganda (“Why we must pre­serve envi­ron­ment in the oil region”).

Fur­ther­more, some light was shed on the ongo­ing loss of bio­di­ver­sity and last but not least, an inter­est­ing arti­cle sug­gested to con­sider “Moral off­set­ting”, whereas another pro­saic text described habi­tat relo­ca­tion and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets from the per­spec­tive of ani­mals (The Wild Wood and the Rail­way).

Bio­di­ver­sity off­set news from Academia

Bio­di­ver­sity off­set mar­kets: What are they really? An empir­i­cal approach to wet­land mit­i­ga­tion bank­ing, new paper by Anne-Charlotte Vais­sière and Harold Lev­rel, Jan­u­ary 1, 2015, in Eco­log­i­cal Economics

BBOP Ambat­ovy case study: Work­ing towards NNL of Bio­di­ver­sity and Beyond. Ambat­ovy, Mada­gas­car – A Case Study (2014)

The devel­op­ment of the Aus­tralian envi­ron­men­tal off­sets pol­icy: from the­ory to prac­tice, Jan­u­ary 14, 2015, by Miller et al.

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in Australia

The year of bilat­eral agree­ments in WA, Jan­u­ary 7, 2015, by Karen Browne, Olivia Williamson and Kylie Panckhurst

Gov­ern­ment Bul­letin Sum­mer Edi­tion – year in review, Jan­u­ary 13, 2015, by Chris­tine Jones (leg­is­la­tion in Australia)

Six things Queensland’s next gov­ern­ment must do to save the Great Bar­rier Reef, Jan­u­ary 18, 2015, by the conversation

Strong smell of gas, Jan­u­ary 22, 2015, by Alena Hig­gins (see also here)

NSW envi­ron­ment offi­cer releases scathing res­ig­na­tion let­ter, Jan­u­ary 21, 2015

Pro­test­ers expected at Colton Mine court case, Jan­u­ary 22, 2015, by Jes­sica Grewal

For­mer envi­ron­ment employee blasts min­ers’ dom­i­nance in NSW, Jan­u­ary 22, 2015, by Peter Hannam

Envi­ron­men­tal impact of West­ern High­way works a con­cern, Jan­u­ary 23, 2015

Giant Shen­hua Water­mark coal mine in the Liv­er­pool Plains approved, Jan­u­ary 29, 2015, by Peter Hannam

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in the US

How to take a filthy creek and make an Emer­ald Cor­ri­dor, Jan­u­ary 23, 2015, by Mag­gie Lee

Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets in Canada

Pro­tect­ing the habi­tat of species at risk while devel­op­ing energy sources

Jan­u­ary 1, 2015, by Amin Asadollahi

No Net Loss Ini­tia­tive of the EU and related report

Results of the No Net Loss Pub­lic Con­sul­ta­tion, Jan­u­ary 9, 2015, by Euro­pean Commission

Study on spe­cific design ele­ments of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets: Bio­di­ver­sity met­rics and mech­a­nisms for secur­ing long term con­ser­va­tion ben­e­fits, by Euro­pean Commission

Euro­pean Commission’s bio­di­ver­sity off­set report shows it is deaf to the con­cerns of EU cit­i­zens, Jan­u­ary 16, 2015, press release by FERN

Brus­sels is warned against bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting law, Jan­u­ary 15, 2015, by Valerie Flynn

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets needs legal require­ments – EU study, Jan­u­ary 21, 2015, by Valerie Flynn

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in the UK

Ex-Environment Sec­re­tary Owen Paterson’s plans for ancient wood­land get the axe, Jan­u­ary 30, 2015, by Tom Bawden

Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets in Uganda

Why we must pre­serve envi­ron­ment in the oil region, Jan­u­ary 15, 2015, by Moses Mugwisa

Ongo­ing bio­di­ver­sity loss

Human Activ­ity Risks Push­ing Earth to Cusp of Dan­ger Zone, Jan­u­ary 17, 2015, by James Maynard

Relo­ca­tion of ani­mals could drive some species towards extinc­tion – study, Jan­u­ary 23, 2015, by Oliver Milman

Wider con­text of bio­di­ver­sity offsets

For­get car­bon off­set­ting, inset­ting is the future, Jan­u­ary 9, 2015, by Tim Smedley

Moral Off­set­ting, Jan­u­ary 7, 2015, by Neil Levy

The Wild Wood and the Rail­way, Jan­u­ary 15, 2015, by Bill Adams

PDFs of the Articles/Links

To pre­vent to loose infor­ma­tion find the Pdfs of the arti­cles or news below — as we know, that unfor­tu­nately every now and then things are being removed from the internet.

[PDFs will fol­low soon]


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