Newsletter of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, May 2015

BBOP Newsletter

BBOP newslet­ters are usu­ally a great resource car­ry­ing a wealth of infor­ma­tion. Since the last newslet­ter came in in Sep­tem­ber 2014 (see my post) the one that came in some days ago has been waited for.  It includes sec­tions on

  • BBOP News,
  • pub­li­ca­tions and tools,
  • pol­icy devel­op­ments and
  • upcom­ing events.

The full newslet­ter will be avail­able soon on the BBOP web­site. I have extracted some infor­ma­tion for you below — how­ever most of the infor­ma­tion has already been cov­ered on the Bio­di­ver­sity Blog in other posts over the months (this is a great val­i­da­tion of the work that I put into this :o)).

BBOP news

This sec­tion sum­ma­rizes recent BBOP Com­mu­nity of Prac­tice webi­nars (all of which are cov­ered here on the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog). It informs avout a new mem­ber to the BBOP Advi­sory Group (Total) and wel­comes the new New BBOP Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee members.

Pub­li­ca­tions and Tools

IUCN launched three stud­ies on Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets at the World Parks Con­gress (see my posts on them here:

There is also another IUCN report which explores the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties of the com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture and forestry sec­tors adopt­ing No Net Loss (NNL) and Net Pos­i­tive Impact (NPI) approaches that hith­erto have been applied pri­mar­ily in the extrac­tives and infra­struc­ture devel­op­ment sec­tors (see my post No Net Loss and Net Pos­i­tive Impact Approaches for Bio­di­ver­sity — new IUCN study explores the poten­tial for agri­cul­ture and forestry)

Fur­ther­more a paper by Cur­ran et al. (2014) is men­tioned (see my post: Is there any empir­i­cal sup­port for bio­di­ver­sity off­set pol­icy? — paper by Cur­ran, Hell­weg and Beck).

Two inter­est­ing pub­li­ca­tions on nat­ural cap­i­tal are presented:

  1. The Third State of Nat­ural Cap­i­tal Report from England’s Nat­ural Cap­i­tal Com­mit­tee (see my post on this)
  2. No net loss in other words — a book by Pro­fes­sor Dieter Helm, Chair­man of the Nat­ural Cap­i­tal Com­mit­tee based on the premise that ‘the aggre­gate level of nat­ural cap­i­tal should not decline’: ‘Nat­ural Cap­i­tal – valu­ing our planet’ (see my post on this)

Pol­icy Developments

This sec­tion on pol­icy devel­op­ment is def­i­nitely the the most inter­est­ing part of the newslet­ter — inform­ing about the lat­est devel­op­ments in France, Peru and the EU as well as on the 2014 IUCN World Parks Con­gress and the World Bank Safe­guards Review update. Because these pol­icy devel­op­ments are of major inter­est, I have cov­ered each of them in a sep­a­rate post:

regard­ing the EU No Net Loss Ini­tia­tive, see my related post on the results of the pub­lic con­sutl­ta­tion: Results of the No Net Loss Pub­lic Con­sul­ta­tion now avail­able online!

 Next, the Com­mis­sion will develop an impact assess­ment on the pol­icy options for the No Net Loss ini­tia­tive. As fore­seen in the EU Bio­di­ver­sity Strat­egy to 2020, the No Net Loss ini­tia­tive is expected in 2016, once the Euro­pean Commission’s Reg­u­la­tory Fit­ness and Per­for­mance review of the Birds and Habi­tats Direc­tives has been completed.

Upcom­ing Events

  • IUCN webi­nar (past, 11 June) on ‘No Net Loss and Net Pos­i­tive Impact Approaches for Bio­di­ver­sity: explor­ing the poten­tial appli­ca­tion of these approaches in the com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture and forestry sec­tors’ (see my post here)


  • 27th Inter­na­tional Con­gress for Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy and 4th Euro­pean Con­gress for Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy ( a one day sym­po­sium focus­ing on No Net Loss of bio­di­ver­sity will be held at theICCB-ECCB, see my post here).
  • IFC Per­for­mance Stan­dards Com­mu­nity of Learning:

The Inter­na­tional Finance Cor­po­ra­tion will con­vene a Com­mu­nity of Learn­ing knowledge-sharing event for finan­cial insti­tu­tions and oth­ers in Wash­ing­ton DC, the week of 19 Octo­ber. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in IFC’s Com­mu­nity of Learn­ing allows atten­dees to draw on IFC exper­tise in apply­ing Per­for­mance Stan­dards as well as ben­e­fit from knowl­edge shar­ing within a wide net­work of practitioners.

  • 8th ESP World Conference:

The Ecosys­tem Ser­vices Part­ner­ship (ESP) is a world­wide net­work, founded in 2008, to enhance the sci­ence and prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of ecosys­tem ser­vices. To facil­i­tate the needed dia­logue between sci­en­tists, pol­icy mak­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers ESP organ­ises an annual inter­na­tional con­fer­ence in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. The cen­tral theme is ‘Ecosys­tem Ser­vices for Nature, Peo­ple and Pros­per­ity’. The con­fer­ence will pay spe­cial atten­tion to the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor dia­logue on how the ecosys­tem ser­vices con­cept can be used to sup­port con­ser­va­tion, improve liveli­hoods and engage the busi­ness com­mu­nity. 9–13 Novem­ber 2015. Stel­len­bosch, South Africa.

  • World Forum on Nat­ural Capital:

The World Forum on Nat­ural Cap­i­tal , 23–24 Novem­ber; Edin­burgh, Scot­land. The inau­gural World Forum on Nat­ural Cap­i­tal in 2013 was the first major global con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to nat­ural cap­i­tal. It built on the sig­nif­i­cant pri­vate sec­tor inter­est shown at the United Nations Earth Sum­mit in Rio in June 2012 and the many devel­op­ments that have taken place since. Par­tic­i­pants will: gain under­stand­ing of the fast evolv­ing debate about nat­ural cap­i­tal and how the oppor­tu­ni­ties and risks could affect their bot­tom line; be able to net­work with senior deci­sion mak­ers and sus­tain­abil­ity lead­ers from around the world; and gain access to the lat­est devel­op­ments and prac­ti­cal tools.

MANY THANKS TO THE TEAM OF THE BBOP SECRETARIAT (Kerry ten Kate, Patrick Maguire, Amrei von Hase, Ray Vic­turine, Sebas­t­ian Win­kler) FOR BRINGING TOGETHER THIS HIGH INFORMATION DENSITY!

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