UPDATE 20 October 2014: The consultation is now closed! I will keep you informed on the results and how the process is ongoing.
The European Commission has published an on-line consultation on a future (2015) EU initiative to halt biodiversity loss. Most of you will already know this, but for some it may be new. The pressing question is: who has responded to this consultation so far?!
The consultation opened in June and ever since featured on my everyday to-do list. I bet that’s the same for many of you. I finally did it today (also encouraged by this blog) and want to share my insights with you. The deadline has been extended to 17 October, but you don’t need to wait that long 😉
For those of you who are not familiar with the planned No Net Loss Initiative I have briefly summarized some background information below (What is the planned No Net Loss Initiative?).
For those of you who want to know what they must expect from the consultation (how many questions, what type of questions, how much time do I need to answer the consultation) I have summarized some practical information on the consultation. This is followed by a list of all questions and some explanations of key terms that are provided in the scope of the consultation (mitigation hierarchy, drivers of biodiversity loss, biodiversity offsets).
If you want to access the website of the consultation directly, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/nnl_en.htm. Continue reading
On-the-ground examples of biodiversity offsets are needed as evidence and illustration for the discussion on biodiversity offsets
I am planning to compile and present real on-the-ground examples for biodiversity offsets (that should go to here).
List and individual cases
To do so, I have envisaged two things: a very simple list with worldwide on-the-ground examples of biodiversity offsets (like the one I have started here) and individual cases that will be presented in single posts.
Now, I know that while in some countries this is a pretty simple task (at least in quantitative terms, don’t get me wrong) because only a few cases exist, in others like the US, Germany and Australia because of the multitude of cases, it would be neither feasible nor make any sense to try to give an overview on all of them. Continue reading
Social media finally has got me and I want to share everything 😉 No, seriously, a couple of months ago, right after returning back to work from maternity leave I have “adopted” a miserable looking cactus (to be true, it is not a cactus, but an Euphorbia). And actually it did like the climate in our “glasshouse” office (my colleague and me are sharing a south-west corner bureau on the 2nd floor with two glass facades). As a result it has grown quite a lot and does look quite good now. I kept joking which of it grows faster — my PhD or the cactus? So I have decided to use this as an indicator for the advancement of my work and will post the results and photo evidence regularly — for my own stats and to give you a smile maybe: I am kind of biodiversity offsetting my work by fostering the growth of the cactus… 😉
So, here’s the first photo!
Cactus: 30 cm / PhD: 53 pages
has started a new discussion in the BBOP NO Net Loss Discussion Group on LinkedIn to announce that the Department of Conservation of the New Zealand Government has issued a Guidance on Good Practice Biodiversity Offsetting in New Zealand, called “the Guidance” 😉
The New Zealand Government released its Good Practice Guidance on Biodiversity Offsetting on the 7th of August. This non-statutory guidance is the result of a 3 year Cross Government Department Research Programme that investigated offsetting concepts and approaches in New Zealand. The guidance draws heavily from the BBOP guidance and places it in a New Zealand context, where in most cases, biodiversity offsetting is a voluntary offering.
Inspired by the multitude of biodiversity offsetting approaches worldwide, the inherent complexity of the concept of biodiversity offsets and the growing information overload, I have been interested in the distinction between regulatory and voluntary offsetting schemes since 2009. However, as I realized, these are not two distinct categories (“black and white”) but instead represent the two ends of a continuum. I have made this interesting field the research subject of my PhD and am working out a typology of biodiversity offsets with regard to the degree of voluntariness. This is an early draft on a Typology of Biodiversity Offsets.
Definition of Biodiversity Offsets
Biodiversity Offsets are defined as “measurable conservation outcomes resulting from actions designed to compensate for significant residual adverse biodiversity impacts arising from project development after appropriate prevention and mitigation measures have been taken”. [BBOP 2009] Continue reading
Here are some presentations that I have given since 2008 in the field of biodiversity offsets and impact mitigation. Most of them are English, however some of them are German. And here is also the link to a webinar that I have given in the context of the No Net Loss Conference (see my previous posts: BBOP holds first No Net Loss Conference and No Net Loss Conference Conclusions and Summary are out) — How is a Habitat Bank established and maintained under the German Impact Mitigation Regulation. The example of the Burgberg Zschaitz Habitat Bank in Saxony: http://vimeo.com/96334431 Continue reading
has started a new discussion in the BBOP NO Net Loss Discussion Group on LinkedIn. The focus is on the different stages of the Mitigation Hierarchy.
Please can i get some clarification on the transition process as concerns the different stages on the Mitigation Hierarchy; that is when exactly does a company move from one stage to the next. Also, can i get some clarification on how to calculate biodiversity losses.
There are a number of blogs on Biodiversity offsets out there in the internet if you google a bit. However, as most of the information on biodiversity offsets is rather fragmented (with the exeption of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Program’s web presence which continues to be my major source of information online, see my previous post http://www.biodiversityoffsets.net/introducing-business-biodiversity-offset-program-bbop/) you will probably be having a hard time drawing the most valid information out of this.
What is most apparent is that none of these blogs have a specific focus on biodiversity offsets as this Biodiversity Offsets Blog aims for. Instead, biodiversity offsets usually are one issue among many others related to environmental concerns and biodiversity management. It is quite obvious that these blogs usually originate from countries where biodiversity offsets are in practice or under discussion. Many of them have a focus on the UK where a lively and controversial discussion about Biodiversity Offsets takes place on the planned introduction of biodiversity offsets as a mandatory scheme. Another characteristic of most blogs on biodiversity offsets is that they usually express more or less harsh criticism of biodiversity offsets and are sometimes used for campaigning against biodiversity offsets.
Following I will give you an overview on existing blogs of my knowledge (including some internet columns and web articles) ranked on their relevance (please don’t nail me on this). Continue reading