Mining and biodiversity offsets: A transparent and science-based approach to measure “no-net-loss” — new paper by Virah-Sawmy, Ebel­ing and Taplin

Malika Virah-Sawmy, Johannes Ebel­ing and Roslyn Taplin have pub­lished a new paper on “Min­ing and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets: A trans­par­ent and science-based approach to mea­sure “no-net-loss” in Jour­nal of Envi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment (Vol­ume 143, 1 Octo­ber 2014, Pages 61–70). Read more here and … Con­tinue read­ing

Weaving Ecosystem Services into Impact Assessment — a report by World Resources Institute

This report intro­duces the Ecosys­tem Ser­vices Review for Impact Assess­ment (ESR for IA), a six step method to address project impacts and depen­den­cies on ecosys­tem ser­vices as part of the envi­ron­men­tal and social impact assess­ment process. The steps build on … Con­tinue read­ing

PhD study on the application of biodiversity offsets in France: Les mesures compensatoires pour la biodiversité. Conception et perspectives d’application

Bap­tiste Reg­n­ery has pre­pared a PhD study at Uni­ver­sité Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris on the appli­ca­tion of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in France in 2013. It is enti­tled “Les mesures com­pen­satoires pour la bio­di­ver­sité. Con­cep­tion et per­spec­tives d’application” (in French lan­guage). … Con­tinue read­ing


Ana Vil­lar­roya Bal­larin has pre­pared a PhD study focus­ing on envi­ron­men­tal impact assess­ment and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in Spain at the fac­ulty of sci­ences at Uni­ver­sity of Navarra. The work is enti­tled “ECOLOGICAL COMPENSATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN SPAIN: CURRENT … Con­tinue read­ing

Getting Biodiversity Offsets Right — A Research Agenda for Canada (Policy brief)

A recent pol­icy brief (Octo­ber 2014) has been pre­pared by Sus­tain­able Pros­per­ity on bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in the Cana­dian con­text. See the pdf of the pol­icy brief here and the key mes­sages below. Agenda for Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets in Canada_Policy brief_Oct 2014 … Con­tinue read­ing

A method for calculating minimum biodiversity offset multipliers — new paper by Laitila, Moilanen and Pouzols

Jussi  Laitila, Atte Moila­nen and Fed­erico M. Pouzols have pub­lished a new paper on “A method for cal­cu­lat­ing min­i­mum bio­di­ver­sity off­set mul­ti­pli­ers account­ing for time dis­count­ing, addi­tion­al­ity, and per­ma­nence” in Meth­ods in Ecol­ogy and Evo­lu­tion. Read more here and find … Con­tinue read­ing

Report on guidance for biodiversity compensation in Dutch businesses (BioCom Project)

This is our first guest post, by Jolanda van Schaick from Dutch con­sul­tancy CREM! Our world­wide eco­nomic activ­i­ties have reper­cus­sions on bio­di­ver­sity. Plant and ani­mal species are dis­ap­pear­ing at an ever increas­ing rate and the nat­ural resources of our world are becom­ing … Con­tinue read­ing

Newsletter of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, September 2014

It has been quite a while since the last newslet­ter of the Busi­ness and Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set Pro­gramme. So, I was both happy and sur­prised when the lat­est newslet­ter came in last week. It is full of infor­ma­tion from the bio­di­ver­sity … Con­tinue read­ing

PhD study: Biodiversity Offsets for moving conservation targets

Another PhD on Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets was pub­lished this year. Joe Bull has pre­pared his work at Impe­r­ial Col­lege Lon­don, Depart­ment of Life Sci­ences.  His work focuses on bio­di­ver­sity off­sets for mov­ing con­ser­va­tion tar­gets. He exam­ines the case of the Saiga Ante­lope in the … Con­tinue read­ing

Will the Great Barrier Reef die off: How harmful are coastal development activities and can Marine Biodiversity Offsets be effective?

In 2017 Amer­i­can ecol­o­gists from the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT) develop the ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy “Gen­Calc”. The new cal­cu­la­tion method offers the oppor­tu­nity to ini­ti­ate transna­tional bio­di­ver­sity com­pen­sa­tion and credit trad­ing – for the first time with­out neglect­ing the com­plex­ity … Con­tinue read­ing