Many of you have asked me about my twitter name in the past two years — and I always had to reply that there was –err– none. but I had this on my to-do list for a long time. Having finished my PhD I thought this was a great occasion to start over new and join twitter for an even more vibrant exchange on biodiversity offsets and fighting to halt biodiversity loss.
Dear all, I can’t believe it’s been four months since I have not been blogging. This past time has been full of work and excitement for me — after years of hard work it was finally time to harvest the fruits.
I have handed in my PhD thesis by the end of February. Thanks to my University (Technische Universität Dresden), my institute (Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development) and my wonderful supervisors (Wolfgang Wende and Martine Maron — still can’t believe you went through this with me!) I managed to have my defense rather quick. So the big day was two weeks ago (for some visual impressions see a small gallery below). All went incredibly well and I am happy and proud that this has come to a successful end! apparently I have spent the time since then in a mental coma of joy and relief ;o)
Slowly coming back to earth I want to thank all of you who have supported me and shared your knowledge and experience with me over the past years! But please don’t get me wrong: this is not intended to be the end, but rather a new start and I hope to keep in touch and to develop the exciting and challenging field of biodiversity offsets further. I am sure there will be plenty of opportunities for collaboration and exchange!
For the moment I am looking for a Postdoc or interesting project on offsets somewhere around the world and I am also exploring how I can sustain the Biodiversity Offsets Blog in the long term (in the end it’s always about perpetuity, right ;o)). I am open for any ideas or suggestions.
Finally, I will now bit my bit incorporate the information to the blog that some of you have generously sent me in the last few months (thank you and very sorry you had to wait that long) and respond to your messages as soon as possible.
Keep in touch! Continue reading
As you might have seen, there haven’t been any posts both last week and this week (and probably there won’t be next week either) as I am overwhelmed by work finalizing my PhD thesis. Thanks for your understanding. I’ll be back.
PS: If someone volunteers to prepare some posts to upload to the blog, please let me know :o)
Title: Conservation Finance — From Niche to Mainstream: The Building of an Institutional Asset Class
Publication type: report
and find the pdf of the report here.
Title: Interactive Guide on Natural Capital for Financial Institutions
Publication type: report
Source: http://www.mercadosdemedioambiente.com/biblioteca/capital-natural/425_interactive-guide-on-natural-capital-for-financial-institutions/#gdQ0rUdaAbtIZJYE (in Spanish) and the link to the pdf of the article (full text, in English)
This is a guest post by Ariadna Chavarria, PhD candidate at the University of Padova, Italy. This comment is the expression of the author’s thoughts and experiences and such is acknowledged as a fruitful contribution to the discussion on biodiversity offsets. If you want to react or clarify your own position (underpin or disprove Ariadna’s reasoning), please leave a reply below!
The Biodiversity and No Net Loss Strategy arise awareness among Europe to act urgently to halve the biodiversity loss and reach restoration of at least 15% of European degraded ecosystems by 2020 (European Commission, 2011). The strategies invite the Member States to use new instruments to achieve NNL of biodiversity and ecosystem services as for instance the implementation of biodiversity offsetting schemes (European Commission, 2011; Conway, M., et al., 2013b). Biodiversity offsets are measurable conservation outcomes of the actions implemented to compensation for unavoidable biodiversity impacts derived from development projects, after considering the mitigation hierarchy (ten Kate, et al., 2004). Therefore, biodiversity offsets are a set of policies regulated and institutionalized to trade Ecosystem Services through standard units, ‘credits’, commonly provided by landowners managing habitats to conserve specific environmental assets. The credits are regulated by the environmental agencies ensuring the delivery of environmental assets on the ground to equitably compensate for the impacts of public and/or private developing permittees. This market-based mechanism provide a more time-, cost– and ecologically-effective offsetting alternative (Eppink and Wätzold, 2009; Vaissière, A. and Levrel, H., 2015; van Teeffeelen, A., et al., 2015), by using economies of scale to finance to sustain the long-term management of ES exchanged in the biodiversity market. The lack of policies to implement mechanisms financing and regulating high value natural ecosystems inside and out Natura 2000 sites has contributed to the depletion of the European natural capital. Continue reading
I am organizing a session on biodiversity offsets for the 2016 Ecosummit to be held in Montpellier (29 August — 1 September 2016 | Le Corum, Montpellier, France) together with Fabien Quétier and Wolfgang Wende. The title is: European perspectives and global challenges on achieving no net loss of biodiversity in the context of development. Abstracts can be submitted until February 15 here.
What’s it about in short: Harold Levrel and Anne Teyssèdre comment on the parlamentary debate and news reporting about the new French biodiversity law
When was it released: February 1, 2016
By whom: Harold Levrel and Anne Teyssèdre, le monde
What’s it about in short: Miles King writes about Natural Capital day at the Green Alliance and the related report (called Natural Partners) and debate.
When was it released: January 27, 2016
By whom: Miles King, a new nature blog