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)).
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:
- Biodiversity Offsets Technical Study Paper — new IUCN report out and
- Biodiversity Offsets: Policy options for governments. An input paper for the IUCN Technical Study Group on Biodiversity Offsets and
- Technical conditions for positive outcomes from biodiversity offsets. An input paper for the IUCN Technical Study Group on Biodiversity Offsets)
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:
- The Third State of Natural Capital Report from England’s Natural Capital Committee (see my post on this)
- 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)
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:
- Biodiversity Law (including biodiversity offsets) under Development in France and
- 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress launches dialogue on biodiversity offsets and
- World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards Review update and
- Peru develops a framework for No Net Loss and
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.
- 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!