Some time ago IUCN launched its Draft Biodiversity Offsets Policy for public consultation and comments. Sharing this with you is on my to-do-list for quite a while and time is running. Before it’s too late (apparently the consultation website still exists and consultation should be open until 15 September 2015) I’ll now share this with you. The consultation process is not quite handy — you need to download the draft and read it, then download a (WORD) form, fill it in an email it back. The good thing is that it is also available in French and Spanish (besides English). For more information see below.
Background and consultation process
As a response to the challenges associated to biodiversity offsets, IUCN Members adopted Resolution 110 at the World Conservation Congress 2012, which mandated the Director General to establish a working group to develop an IUCN general policy on biodiversity offsets. A technical study paper was prepared in the first phase of this process, which informed the development of the Draft Biodiversity Offsets Policy. Following a public consultation on the draft policy, which is now underway, the Policy Working Group is expected to finalize the draft policy for consideration by the IUCN Council meeting in September 2016.
How to participate
IUCN invites you to provide input on the draft biodiversity offsets policy by taking the following steps:
- Read the Overview of the IUCN Biodiversity Offsets Policy Process. (See French versionand Spanish version.)
- Read the Draft IUCN Biodiversity Offsets Policy. (See French version and Spanish version.) Please note that you are not required to comment on the entire draft policy document . Any input, even on select parts of the document, is welcome. You are also encouraged to circulate these documents widely through your networks, although we do ask, where feasible, that you provide one set of comments per organization.
- Share your comments by using this form. (See French version and Spanish version.)