The theory-practice gap in biodiversity offsets — a comment by Alan Key

This is a guest post by Alan Key from Aus­tralian con­sul­tancy Earth­trade. 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 … Con­tinue read­ing

Take three for Australia’s biodiversity offset policies: Queensland’s new Environmental Offsets regime

After I have cov­ered the new bio­di­ver­sity off­set fund in New South Wales and the bio­di­ver­sity off­set pol­icy in the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory in pre­vi­ous posts I would like to point to the New Envi­ron­men­tal Off­sets Regime for Queens­land. On 1 July … Con­tinue read­ing

Biodiversity Offsets need a strong regulatory system! Or voluntary engagement?

Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets under reg­u­la­tory sys­tems A decade ago off­sets only existed under sev­eral reg­u­la­tory sys­tems e.g. Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assess­ment, US Wet­land Mit­i­ga­tion, Ger­man Impact Mit­i­ga­tion Reg­u­la­tion and other (see table below for some selected more). The busi­ness case and vol­un­tary … Con­tinue read­ing

Early draft on a Typology of Biodiversity Offsets

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 … Con­tinue read­ing