No Net Loss and Biodiversity Offsets: documentation from the EcoSummit

As I had promised ear­lier, I am shar­ing with you some impres­sions and pre­sen­ta­tions from our bio­di­ver­sity off­sets ses­sion at the recent Eco­Sum­mit in Mont­pel­lier. After the gen­eral ses­sion descrip­tion and line-up of speak­ers, find below the abstract and pre­sen­ta­tion … Con­tinue read­ing

NEW REPORT: Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services

Author(s): (Edi­tors:) Pene­lope Fig­gis, Bren­dan Mackey, James Fitzsi­mons, Jason Irv­ing and Pepe Clarke Title: Valu­ing Nature: Pro­tected Areas and Ecosys­tem Ser­vices Year: 2015 In: IUCN Aus­tralia SCIENCE INFORMING POLICY SYMPOSIUM SERIES Pages: 140. Pub­li­ca­tion type: report Lan­guage: Eng­lish Source: … Con­tinue read­ing

Early bird deadline (September 4) for 8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) conference in South Africa from 9–13 November 2015

This is  a guest post by Joël Houdet who holds Senior Research Fel­low­ships at the African Cen­tre for Tech­nol­ogy Stud­ies (Nairobi, Kenya) and the Albert Luthuli Cen­tre for Respon­si­ble Lead­er­ship (Uni­ver­sity of Pre­to­ria, South Africa). This guest post is the … Con­tinue read­ing

Decoupling economic growth from environmental impacts is purely NONSENSE — insights from the first Dresden Nexus Conference

The last few days I was attend­ing the first Dres­den Nexus Con­fer­ence. The event, co-organized by Leib­niz Insti­tute of Eco­log­i­cal Urban and Regional Devel­op­ment (my insti­tute), United Nations Uni­ver­sity and Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Dres­den (our local uni­ver­sity), uni­fied the catch words … Con­tinue read­ing

Cynical conservation: cartoons on offsetting, ecosystem services and nature conservation

I have recently stum­bled across the works of “Cyn­i­cal con­ser­va­tion”, a car­toon­ist who shares his cyn­i­cal draw­ings on twit­ter. Most likely to be based in the UK, he (?) describes him­self as a “Cyn­i­cal con­ser­va­tion­ist, illus­trat­ing my frus­tra­tions to remain … Con­tinue read­ing

Who should value nature — new report by Dario Kenner

Dario Ken­ner (Why Green Econ­omy?) has pub­lished a new report enti­tled “Who should value nature? Sus­tain­able busi­ness ini­tia­tive — out­side insights”. You can access the report online and find a pdf fol­low­ing: Kenner_2014_Who-should-value-nature. For more infor­ma­tion please see the related … Con­tinue read­ing

Biodiversity Offsets Newsweek, December 1–7, 2014

About the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Newsweek If you are inter­ested in envi­ron­men­tal com­pen­sa­tion and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets, there are cer­tainly good news: there is now a whole bunch of infor­ma­tion from dif­fer­ent sources, loca­tions and view­points pub­licly avail­able (some­thing which wasn’t this … Con­tinue read­ing

Is the ecosystem service concept improving impact assessment? Evidence from recent international practice — new paper by Sales Rosa and Sánchez

Josianne Clau­dia Sales Rosa and Luis E. Sánchez  have pub­lished a new paper on “Is the ecosys­tem ser­vice con­cept improv­ing impact assess­ment? Evi­dence from recent inter­na­tional prac­tice” in Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assess­ment Review (Vol­ume 50, Jan­u­ary 2015, Pages 134–142). You can … 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

Cartoon Guide to Biodiversity Loss — funny and sad at the same time!

A vast col­lec­tion of car­toons illus­trat­ing bio­di­ver­sity loss — very enter­tain­ing and alarm­ing at the same time. Pic­tures often say much more and much eas­ier than words can do. Have a look and get car­ried away at: Here are some … Con­tinue read­ing