The Canadian NGO Ontario Nature has recently released a report entitled “Insights into Biodiversity Offsetting in Ontario”. The report is the outcome of a project on biodiversity offsetting (started in July 2013), which was supported by the Metcalf Foundation. It presents the insights and results arising from the first year of this project.
The goal of the project is described as follows:
Our primary goal has been to ensure that as biodiversity offsetting moves forward in Ontario, it truly benefits the natural world. Through discussions with conservationists, farmers, industry leaders, environmental consultants, land use planners, academics, government staff and Aboriginal people, we have aimed to enhance our collective understanding of both the risks and the benefits so that these can be accounted for adequately in biodiversity offsetting projects and policy.
Workshops and forums on biodiversity offsetting
In the scope of the project a number of workshops and forums have been organised where key issues of biodiversity offsets were discussed and principles tested (see table).
About Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement.
Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters and 150 member groups from across Ontario.
Since it was established as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists in 1931, Ontario Nature has been a champion for nature in Ontario.
Read more here.