New PhD study: “Biodiversity offset markets: current challenges and prospective developments”

A Report on Bio­di­ver­sity Offsetting

Nice to see another PhD in the bio­di­ver­sity off­sets field – with more analy­ses such as this we will be able to have a bet­ter informed dis­cus­sion! Many thanks Carlos!

As the PhD is still “fresh” and under “inves­ti­ga­tion” it is not yet pub­licly avail­able. But instead, you may want to have a look the exec­u­tive sum­mary (Ferreira_2014_Biodiversity Off­set Mar­kets).

Spoiler alert: Car­los agreed to write a guest post on his PhD and find­ings soon here on the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog! We are look­ing for­ward to that.

“Bio­di­ver­sity off­set mar­kets: cur­rent chal­lenges and prospec­tive developments”

Orig­i­nally posted on Mar­kets At The Inter­sec­tion:

I have recently com­pleted my PhD on bio­di­ver­sity off­sets, and pro­duced a sum­mary of find­ings. If you’d like to know a lit­tle more about what bio­di­ver­sity off­sets are, and what they are being used for through­out the world – as well as some of the most impor­tant debates about it, you can find the report here. It’s titled Bio­di­ver­sity off­set mar­kets: cur­rent chal­lenges and prospec­tive devel­op­ments: PhD the­sis – exec­u­tive sum­mary.


New PhD study: “Biodiversity offset markets: current challenges and prospective developments” — 3 Comments

  1. Nice work Car­los, i am from South Africa and have been deal­ing with a cou­ple of projects(mining) that require off­set­ting. I even decided to do my Mas­ters Dis­ser­ta­tion on the sub­ject mat­ter with empha­sis on South Africa, if we slowly can address skep­ti­cism and improve base­line data as well the met­rics applied, we would take this form of mit­i­ga­tion forward.

    • Thank you for post­ing your work Car­los. I also agree, bio­di­ver­sity off­sets are achiev­able, and I agree with you — the use of metrics/calculators will vary with the species/ecosystem etc. Megan Evans con­ducted a work­shop at the Aus­tralian National Uni­ver­sity in Jan­u­ary of this year at which we looked at dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives to off­set­ting. ie the busi­ness, legal and finan­cial struc­ture as well as we touched on the social and cul­tural aspects. Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets will con­tinue to mature and I applaud the great work that is being pre­sented here and a spe­cial thank you to Mar­i­anne for organ­is­ing this great resource.

  2. Alan and Car­los, def­i­nitely, Car­los is explor­ing an inter­est­ing aspect of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets. Per­son­ally, I am very much look­ing for­ward to your insights on why there is such a huge anti-lobby for (against) bio­di­ver­sity off­sets and how this relates to con­sumer pref­er­ences (i.e. is there a way in shap­ing this pos­i­tively — for good out­comes and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion?!).
    For your inter­est, the full text of Car­los’ PhD is now avail­able here: (I will soon also pre­pare a short post to announce this). And you may also want to have a look at a recent guest post by Car­los: (how­ever, I am sure, Alan, you have already read this ;o))
    And for any­one who is inter­ested in more infor­ma­tion on the work­shop Alan has men­tioned, here’s a work­shop report by Megan:
    And finally, Alan, thanks again for your always very kind words and sup­port — with more com­mit­ted and thought­ful peo­ple like you we can make this plat­form even more valu­able for even more people!

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