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The Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP) is a partnership between companies, financial institutions, governments and conservation experts to explore biodiversity offsets. Forest Trends and Wildlife Conservation Society provide the Secretariat for BBOP.

BBOP envisages a future in which the mitigation hierarchy is rigorously applied worldwide to a high standard by governments and the private sector for projects in all sectors, emphasizing avoidance and minimization, to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity.

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BBOP Releases the Standard on Biodiversity Offsets

On 25 January 2012, BBOP released the Standard on Biodiversity Offsets. In March, the accompanying Guidance Notes were published on the BBOP website, along with Resource Papers on No Net Loss and Limits To What Can Be Offset.  

The Standard is the first tool available to companies to enable them to demonstrate that their projects result in no net loss or a net gain in biodiversity.  It builds on the ten Principles for biodiversity offsets that BBOP published in 2009, providing a clear and transparent framework to assess performance against them.  The purpose of the Standard is to help companies demonstrate international best practice in avoiding and minimizing impacts on biodiversity, undertaking restoration, and ultimately offsetting any residual impacts in order to demonstrate no net loss, or preferably a net gain of biodiversity. It can also help assessors determine whether particular offset or compensation measures achieve no net loss or a net gain, and thus satisfy performance standards such as those of the IFC and the Equator banks (see below).  The Standard is the product of seven years of testing and negotiation among over eighty companies, governments, civil society organizations, research groups and financial institutions from around the world, as well as public consultations.  

The accompanying Guidance Notes offer an interpretation of each of the Standard’s Indicators, key questions for assessment and factors to consider in assessing conformance, as well as related activities from other Indicators.

The two technical resource papers focusing on the Principles concerning “No Net Loss”  and “Limits to what can be offset” update and complement information already published in the BBOP Offset Design Handbook.  All of this material can be found on the newly revised BBOP website.

BBOP members hope the Standard will shape best practice around the world.  The group felt it was important to release the Standard just as new lending requirements and policies on biodiversity offsets come into effect.  The revised International Finance Corporation Performance Standards, came into effect on January 1, 2012 and Performance Standard 6 (see below) names BBOP as a source of best practice on biodiversity offsets.  

BBOP’s goal is to gain practical experience using the Standard over the next few years, ideally publishing an improved version in 2014.  To do so, BBOP members plan to support companies (members and non-members alike) in using the Standard in a variety of ways, including using it as a risk assessment tool (e.g. in the early project pre-feasibility and feasibility stages of project development); using it as the basis to guide offset design and implementation; and using it to assess the quality of existing offsets or compensation.  Such trials are already underway and we are very interested to hear from project developers, to explore how the Standard could help them and gain their feedback on how it might be improved.  Please contact bbop@forest-trends.org for more information.

 
IFC Revised Performance Standard 6 Goes into Effect

Revised Performance Standards issued by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, came into effect on 1 January 2012. The Performance Standards define the responsibilities of IFC clients in managing projects and set out the requirements for IFC support.

Performance Standard 6 (PS6),on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources, focuses on biodiversity conservation and includes requirements for biodiversity offsets that are more specific than the previous version.

Key changes to PS6 include:

  • changes the name to “Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources”;
  • clarifies definitions of and client requirements in the case of impacts on various types of habitats (modified, natural and critical habitat);
  • strongly emphasizes the importance of the mitigation hierarchy in limiting impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services and introduces more specific provisions relating to biodiversity offsets (in the context of the mitigation hierarchy);
  • introduces specific requirements for plantations and natural forests;
  • introduces specific requirements for management of renewable natural resources;
  • strengthens supply chain scope.


Of particular significance for BBOP and biodiversity offsets, the text of PS6 and its Guidance Notes draw on the BBOP definition and principles for offsets and names BBOP as a source of best practice on biodiversity offsets. PS6 is expected to influence the uptake of biodiversity offsets significantly, as project developers’ access to finance will increasingly depend upon no net loss (or net gain) approaches to their biodiversity impacts. Clients with an impact on “natural habitat” (as defined by the IFC) are required, where feasible, to demonstrate no net loss of biodiversity, and those impacting “critical habitat” are obliged to demonstrate a net gain.

The adoption of the IFC Performance Standards by the 76 financial institution members of the Equator Principles Association considerably amplifies their impact. The EPA members are together responsible for more than 70% of project finance in developing countries and committed to following the revised IFC Performance Standards as of 1 January 2012.

We intend to host a webinar in the coming months with the IFC as part of BBOP’s new Community of Practice (see below) to present the revisions to PS6 and their implications. An invitation to the webinar will be sent to all members of this listserv in the coming weeks, and a limited number of places will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 
First Meeting of the EU No Net Loss Initiative Working Group

The European Commission adopted its Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 in June 2011, and announced a No Net Loss Initiative (NNL-I) for the EU, to be launched by 2015. The Commission is starting to explore what this could mean, ranging from proposing guidelines to coordinating best practice in Member States to a possible proposal for a mandatory requirement on offsets, including biodiversity banking. This work began in earnest with the establishment and first meeting of the NNL-I Working Group, formally known as the “EU Working Group on No Net Loss of Ecosystems and their Services”.

The first meeting of the NNL-I Working Group was held in Brussels on 17 February 2011, under the Chairmanship of François Wackenhut of the European Commission. Several BBOP members are part of the group, which is intended to gather views from a range of stakeholders. The purpose of the initial meeting was to discuss the mandate and working procedure of the group, as well as hold preliminary discussions on the definition of NNL and scope of the initiative. Discussions touched on issues such as:

  • geographical boundaries for offsets;
  • how the NNL-I will address biodiversity vs. ecosystem services;
  • how to address temporal scope and loss of biodiversity and/or ecosystem services;
  • whether or not the initiative will address EU-based company footprints outside the EU or focus only on domestic EU footprint;
  • whether a regulatory or non-regulatory approach will be considered.

A workplan to 2015 was established. Two further Working Group meetings are planned for Brussels this year (July and November). In addition to the Working Group, input into the process will be provided by Member States, the EU Council, the European Parliament and via studies by consultants. Other milestones planned for in 2012 include:

  • a workshop for a habitat banking study;
  • a workshop for biodiversity proofing study;
  • launch of study on options for NNL initiative;
  • launch of study on priorities for restoration of ecosystems and their services in the EU.

In other EU news, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted an amended report on “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020” presented by Rapporteur Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy. The text in the resolution concerning no net loss urges the Commission to develop an effective regulatory framework based on the ‘No Net Loss’ initiative, taking into account the past experience of the Member States while also utilising the standards applied by the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme’; and notes, in this connection, the importance of applying such an approach to all EU habitats and species, and not solely to those already covered by EU legislation.

 
BBOP launches a Community of Practice open to all

Interest and experience in applying the mitigation hierarchy, including biodiversity offsets, continue to grow. Many of the leading companies, financial institutions, government agencies and civil society organizations working in this space are already members of the BBOP Advisory Group, but we plan to invite many others to share experiences and learning (e.g. through webinars and workshops on relevant topics) by launching a "Community of Practice".


Do you have suggestions for Community of Practice activities that would help you?  Do let us know.


Recipients of this Newsletter will be transitioned to the Community of Practice listserv unless you ask to be deleted by sending an email to: bbop@forest-trends.org

 
BBOP Website re-launched

We’ve just launched the re-designed BBOP website. Take a look here. In addition to providing updated descriptions of the concept of biodiversity offsets, our work, BBOP membership, and other resources, the site provides easier access to the newly released Standard on Biodiversity Offsets, Guidance Notes and associated material. We will continue to build the portion of the site designed to serve as a resource hub for the newly established Community of Practice.  Please let us know if you have any feedback on the site at: bbop@forest-trends.org.

 
BBOP Training News

 
Biodiversity for Banks (B4B) workshops

The Equator Principles Association, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and BBOP have launched a training program to help financial institutions overcome the challenges of incorporating risks associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services into their lending decisions. More than 20 banks from 15 countries met in late October at the WWF headquarters in Washington D.C. as part of an inaugural training workshop.â  Banco do Brasil hosted the second B4B workshop on 22-23 March in Sao Paulo.


The B4B training program includes a web-based resource center, a training course delivered during regional workshops, a training manual, and a series of case studies across sectors and geographies. Regional workshops are open to any financial institution and are currently being scheduled for 2012 with plans for Johannesburg, Singapore, Paris, and Shanghai. The complete workshop schedule is available on the B4B resources center on the Equator Principles website at http://www.equator-principles.com/index.php/best-practice-resources/B4B.

 
BBOP Training for Environmental Managers and Consultants

BBOP conducted a one-day training for  company environmental managers and environmental consultants on 26 October 2011.  The training focused on the requirement for “no net loss”  in IFC Performance Standard 6 and the BBOP Standard on Biodiversity  Offsets.  Presentations and a series of  interactive exercises and discussions were offered, covering case studies from  a range of industry sectors, such as extractives, alternative energy and  agricultural commodities. Participants received a full set of materials,  including all presentations, related standards, tools, literature, case  studies, exercises, and ‘take-home messages’.  BBOP intends to replicate this training for other business  representatives and consultants on a regional basis in response to demand and subject to available  resources. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a  training session on the BBOP Standard or related material, please contact BBOP@forest-trends.org

 
News from Around the World:

 
New Zealand developing guidance for project developers and decision-makers

The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) is investigating the feasibility of  biodiversity offsets in the country.   Biodiversity offsets are not explicitly provided for under New Zealand’s  legislative framework. However, they have been contemplated on private land by  the Courts under the Resource Management Act, and are being contemplated on  public land under the Crown Minerals Act, and to some extent under the  Conservation Act, as a way to transparently quantify environmental  compensation.


The Biodiversity  Offsets Programme of the New Zealand Department of Conservation, a BBOP  Advisory Group member, is developing best-practice guidance for developers and  decision-makers on biodiversity offsetting in New Zealand. It will provide  transparent, consistent and practical advice on when and how a biodiversity  offset may be considered under New Zealand legislation and how to develop,  implement and monitor a best practice biodiversity offset.  It is hoped this guidance will be available  in draft form by mid-2012.


The guidance is not  intended to be treated as a formal standard or regulation, but used in an  advisory capacity. It has been informed in its development by specialist  restoration ecologists and consultants working with offsets on the ground.


The guidance will  include:

     
  • Direction on  the government’s bottom line regarding the appropriateness of offsets
  • How to  calculate losses and gains to ensure a No Net Loss offset
  • Practical  measures to overcome barriers to successful implementation

The  guidance will offer an interpretation of what is meant by No Net Loss  offsets.  This is referenced in the draft  National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity, developed by the Ministry  for the Environment. The proposed National Policy Statement is intended to provide  clearer direction to local authorities on their responsibilities for managing  indigenous biodiversity, and supports the BBOP principles in defining offsets.


DOC’s  Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BOP) continues to collaborate with BBOP and sponsored two mutually  beneficial papers (on No Net Loss and Limits to What Can be Offset) under the  BBOP research programme. DOC’s BOP aims to align its best-practice  guidance with the BBOP standard as far as possible,  and the guidance will explain how the standard translates into the New Zealand  context.  

 
France passes decree strengthening EIA requirements

France has recently strengthened its mitigation and offset requirements for impacts on biodiversity. As of 1 June 2012, permits for development projects must include a detailed description of all the measures aimed at avoiding, reducing and offsetting impacts, together with monitoring protocols for ensuring these are put in place and effective. By making mitigation measures legally binding, this raises the stakes for businesses concerning the integration of biodiversity issues in their project designs, and for setting up realistic offset strategies. To prepare for this change,in November 2010 the French Government established a working group which is drafting guidelines for applying the mitigation hierarchy. The guidelines will be released in the coming months, but there are already active discussions between environmental authorities, developers, consultancies and environmental NGOs in anticipation of these changes going into effect.â  The French government has also recently created an online screening tool for companies to conduct an initial assessment of their impacts and dependence on biodiversity. (Source: Fabien Quetier, Biotope, BBOP Advisory Group member and a participant in the French Government's working group on the mitigation hierarchy. For more information contact Fabien at fquetier@biotope.fr).

 
Defra begins six offset pilots in the UK

In June 2011, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced in the UK’s Natural Environment White Paper that it would work with local planning authorities and their partners to test biodiversity offsetting in a number of pilot areas over 2 years. This is now underway. Defra, Natural England and local authorities in Devon, Doncaster, Essex, Greater Norwich, Nottinghamshire and Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull are  working together to test the biodiversity offsetting approach in pilots which are planned to run until April 2014. The pilots will develop information and evidence that the government will use to decide whether, and if so, how to support greater and effective use of biodiversity offsets in England.


The local authorities concerned have volunteered to implement the pilots, and the offset requirements will be voluntary for participants as well.  Defra emphasizes that the mitigation hierarchy should still be followed and priority given to avoidance and onsite mitigation over ‘off-site’ biodiversity offsets.  When habitat loss is unavoidable, project developers will be able to pay a provider willing to deliver and maintain offset habitat.


In March 2012, Defra released guidance for offset providers and for developers that would like to use offsetting, an explanation of the guiding principles Defra has used in its approach to biodiversity offsetting, and technical support including an updated technical paper on the metric being used in biodiversity offsetting in the UK. Defra’s two-part metric prescribes a number of “biodiversity units” proportionate to the scale, distinctiveness and quality of habitat lost from a development site, and translates this into a number of units of appropriate compensatory habitat that should be delivered by the offset provider.


Defra has also selected eight complementary projects that will help develop information and evidence to feed into the independent evaluation of the biodiversity offsetting pilot phase.  Several of these projects will apply the Defra metric via desktop studies to current or past projects to determine whether and how it would have changed compensation outcomes.  More information can be found here.

 
Guinean workshop to establish offsets trust fund for chimpanzees

The Guinean Ministry for the Environment, Water and Forestry held a workshop in Conakry, 28 – 29 March, to discuss the development of a national conservation strategy for chimpanzees and other endangered species, to be supported by a biodiversity offsets trust fund mechanism.  Participants in the workshop, "Towards a National Strategy and an Offsets Trust Fund for Chimpanzees and other Endangered Species", included representatives from the public sector, private sector, civil society and technical and financial partners.  Projected strong growth in mineral extraction, infrastructure development and industrial agriculture is motivating the Government of Guinea to identify a sustainable solution for the management of residual impacts of major development projects on endangered species.  Next steps will be to establish a multi-stakeholder steering committee; develop a national offsets strategy; and establish a trust fund mechanism.

 
Australia reviewing EPBC Act - Environmental Offsets Policy

Australia is conducting the first major overhaul of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act since it was created in 1999. The reforms include new national standards for environmental impact assessments and approvals, and the establishment of a single national list of threatened species and ecological communities.  

The reforms also include a framework for environmental offsets. A draft policy outlines the use of environmental offsets, including when they can be required, how they are determined and the framework under which they operate.  The policy is intended to provide a transparent framework to give greater certainty for businesses considering actions that may be subject to an offset requirement, while also promoting consistency. The public consultation period is now closed, but the proposed framework on the use of environmental offsets can be found here.

 
IUCN draft motion on biodiversity offsets

BBOP Director Kerry ten Kate joined other experts at a meeting with IUCN Council members in Switzerland in February to discuss biodiversity offsets and IUCN plans to discuss the topic at its forthcoming Congress (Jeju, September 2012).  Recognizing the growing interest and use of biodiversity offsets by governments, companies, civil society, banks and investors, IUCN is Council has prepared a motion for consideration at the 5th session of the World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea (6-15 September 2012).  The draft motion calls for the establishment of a working group to develop an IUCN general policy on biodiversity offsets.  The draft motion can be found here: http://portals.iucn.org/2012motions/?q  as part of IUCN’s new “Motions Blog”.

For more information on IUCN World Conservation Congress visit: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/ 

The Motions blog has been launched for IUCN Members to draft and discuss motions before they are formally submitted to the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. The blog is a space where IUCN members can post draft motions as well as view and comment on other Members’ posted draft motions. The statutory deadline for submission of motions is 9 May, which is also the deadline for opportunities to comment on the Motions Blog.

 
Reports, Interviews, Tools

 
Interview with Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Secretary of the CBD

Braulio Dias, new head of United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, recently gave an interview to the Ecosystem Marketplace in which he discusses, amongst other topics, the role of biodiversity offsets to achieve no net loss, and the importance of engaging the private sector and mainstreaming of biodiversity into production sectors in order to achieve the Aichi 2020 Targets.  The full interview can be found at the Ecosystem Marketplace.

 
New version of CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity website

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a new version of its Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity website:  http://www.cbd.int/business/. The website contains a large database of case studies, tools and mechanisms that can be searched by country, sector and category. Webinars and an "ask the expert" feature will be added to the site in the near future.

 
The Environment Bank and Mission Markets launch a trading platform for biodiversity offsets

The UK’s Environment Bank has teamed up with US-based Mission Markets to establish a trading platform for biodiversity credits in the UK.  The online Conservation credits Exchange will allow conservation groups, farmers and landowners to register their wildlife sites so as to provide “conservation credits”, and make credits available to developers for purchase to offset their impacts on biodiversity.   The on-line trading platform can be accessed here.

 
New Zealand releases report from Green Growth Advisory Group

The NZ Ministry of Economic Development released its Green Growth Advisory Group report in early March “Greening New Zealand's Growth”. The report recommends that the “Government should create a nationally consistent biodiversity offsetting regime that will facilitate projects for economic growth and, at the same time, deliver net gains to New Zealand’s biodiversity and environmental quality”. The report goes on to recommend that such a regime “be based on widely-understood and accepted principles of equity, efficiency and transparency” and highlights BBOP’s efforts to create an international standard for biodiversity offsets.

The report also notes that biodiversity offsets in New Zealand could evolve into conservation banking, where credits are traded on a biodiversity market, similar to systems in the states of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia.  In addition to the BushBroker and bio-banking programs in Victoria and NSW respectively the Green Growth Advisory Group notes that lessons can be learned from experiences in other countries such as the UK, France and Sweden, and that biodiversity offsetting, based on sound principles, rigorous environmental science and monitoring, and appropriate institutional arrangements, could make a significant contribution to green growth in New Zealand.

 
Two recent reports on biodiversity offsets in the UK:

GHK Consulting Limited recently authored two studies to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK (Defra). The first study, developed with Eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy), titled “Costing potential actions to offset the impact of development on biodiversity” aims to develop a tool for assessing the costs of offsets. These cost estimates will inform proposals for a biodiversity offsets scheme in England as part of the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper. The study combines data on the costs of delivering biodiversity outcomes under the UK Biodiversity Action plan, with predictions for the rate of damage to habitats through different types of development and the supply of land for offsets. These are translated into a likely cost of offsets of different types based on current policy design and further assumptions about their operation. The report:

  • provides an assessment of the area of development requiring offsets in England annually;
  • estimates the level of conservation activity required annually to offset this development;
  • examines the costs of activities designed to provide biodiversity offsets;
  • provides an overall assessment of the costs of offsets under different policy options and scenarios; and
  • provides overall conclusions on completion of the work.

GHK also authored the report “Incentive Measures and Biodiversity: A rapid review and guidance development” in association with the Institute for European Environmental Policy.  This report reviewed current and planned policy in the UK that addresses Decision X/44 on Incentive Measures for Biodiversity of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This interim report presented the findings of a rapid review of UK incentives, and served as the basis for the UK’s input to the CBD progress review on activities related to Decision X/44 in January 2012. The report summarizes and reviews progress in the UK in relation to six key themes including business engagement on biodiversity. For each theme, the report summarizes key activities taking place in the UK, and highlights progress and achievements, discusses some of the main barriers and challenges encountered and how they have been addressed, and identifies the lessons that can be learnt from experience in the UK to date.

 
Amazon Watch paper on Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Amazon Watch has authored a briefing paper making the case that companies respecting the rights of indigenous people is not only a moral imperative but a business necessity to avoid risk.  The paper focuses on the roles and responsibilities of companies, investors and financial institutions to identify, prevent and address the adverse human rights impacts of company operations. It identifies the rights of indigenous peoples that are potentially affected by extractive industry and infrastructure projects and explores the ethical, legal and financial reasons for respecting these rights. This paper highlights the importance of a company operating only where it has the free, prior and informed consent of any indigenous peoples potentially affected by their operations. It identifies some of the key challenges involved in implementing a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) policy and makes recommendations for companies and shareholders who engage in business activities or investments in the Amazon.

 
Natural Value Initiative report on biodiversity and ecosystem services risks and opportunities within the extractive industry

In this report, the Natural Value Initiative (NVI) reviews 30 companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors.  It evaluates progress made by the sectors in addressing the issue of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) and developing robust systems to manage risk and realize opportunity associated with these issues. The report outlines company responses, identifies strengths and areas of common weakness, makes recommendations for improvement and offers further actions for investors, government and the industry. Recommendations include:

  • For Governments – strengthening concession permitting processes, including setting out requirements for companies to avoid, minimise, mitigate and offset their impacts on ecologically sensitive sites.
  • For Companies – developing a board approved publicly available policy on biodiversity that commits to avoid, minimise and mitigate and offset impact where possible.   Best practice management actions are defined, in part, as “taking action to avoid, minimise and mitigate BES risks, including in-kind compensation (‘offsets’) where appropriate, formalising these activities in audited biodiversity action plans or site management plans that include BES at all sites where there is a significant risk to biodiversity or opportunity to contribute to BES conservation.”
 
A Case for Biodiversity Offsets in India

Divya Narain has authored a policy paper exploring the regulatory, reputational and financial risks faced by high-biodiversity-footprint companies in India. The paper evaluates the existing regulatory compensation regime and makes a business case for voluntary biodiversity offsets, elucidating how they can translate biodiversity risks into competitive advantage. The paper can be found here. The author can be contacted at divyanarain01@gmail.com

 
University of Kent survey on partnerships between corporations and nature conservation organisations

Corporations are scrutinized and categorized according to their sustainability and environmental performance. However, many of their interactions with nature conservation organizations are not captured by current reporting frameworks.  Researchers at the University of Kent are conducting a survey exploring the types and extent of partnerships between corporations and nature conservation organizations. They hope this represents a first step in identifying models for success that will help make such partnerships more effective.  The Kent researchers would appreciate it if any readers of this BBOP newsletter with experience of interactions between companies and conservation organizations would complete their online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/corporatepartnerships. To thank those who respond for participating in this research, they will send them feedback on the results of the questionnaire, benchmarking their results against respondents’ averages.  To find out more, please contact Dr. Zoe Davies at z.g.davies@kent.ac.uk and Janna Steadman at js633@kent.ac.uk.

 
Recent and Upcoming Events

 
CBD meeting on innovative financial mechanisms, Quito Ecuador, 6-9 March

A Dialogue Seminar on Scaling up Biodiversity Finance was held 6-9 March in Quito Ecuador.   Conveners of the meeting were the governments of Ecuador, India, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the CBD Secretariat. The purpose of the gathering was to explore how innovative financial mechanisms could contribute to achieving the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and prepare for the WGRI-4 meeting in Montreal in May and CBD COP11 in Hyderabad in October.  Various aspects of biodiversity offsets and bio-banking were discussed within this context.   Marta Echavarria of EcoDecisión spoke on behalf of BBOP.   More information, including the Co-Chairs report and presentations can be found at http://www.dialogueseminars.net/.

 
EU Biodiversity Summit, Stuttgart Germany (Business and Biodiversity day April 18)
The 1st European Biodiversity Summit was held on 17 and 18 April  2012 in Stuttgart, Germany during the 8th German CSR Forum and  brought together 500 business and policy leaders as well as experts from  academia and NGOs. Topics included: Corporate Ecosystem Valuation;  Opportunities for Biodiversity Financing;  and Corporate Biodiversity Assessment. For formation and outputs visit: www.summit.business-biodiversity.eu and www.csrforum.eu
 
Experts Summit: Measuring Corporate Biodiversity Footprints. London, 14 June 2012

The BIQ Forum (www.biqforum.com) will host a Summit of Experts (free by invitation) to consult on an international standardized framework for measuring corporate biodiversity footprints.   Summit objectives will include reviewing biodiversity indicator methodologies available or in development for business, internationally; and reviewing the requirements of the emerging business protocols for ecosystems valuation, integrated business reporting, and biodiversity offset schemes.  Please contact rdickinson@biqforum.com for details.

 
IAIA 2012: Porto, Portugal, 27 May 1 June 2012

The 32nd annual conference of the International Association For Impact Assessment will focus on energy issues: “Energy Future: The Role of Impact Assessment”.  The conference will explore what is the role of impact assessment on future global, national and local energy decisions and choices; and how to tackle the environmental and social risks that will appear as a result of the quest for the development, production and management of new energy sources. Read more here.

 
Rio+20 Conference: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 22 June 2012

The Rio+20 conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.  The official discussions will focus on two main themes: How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, including support for developing countries that will allow them to find a green path for development; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. Read more here.

 
CBD COP11: Hyderabad, India, 8 19 October 2012

The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will take place in Hyderbad India on 8-19 October 2012.  The high level segment will be held from 17-19 October.  A provisional agenda can be found here.

 
IUCN World Conservation Congress

Registration is now open for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which will take place from 6 to 15 September 2012, in Jeju, Korea.  The event starts with a Forum, a conservation debate hub open to all, featuring knowledge cafés, workshops, training courses, poster sessions and five high-profile World Leaders’ Dialogues. The Forum is followed by the Members’ Assembly, IUCN’s highest decision-making body.  More information can be found here.

 
JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Biodiversity Consultancy is looking for a Consultant or Principal Consultant to join its team in Cambridge, UK.  Deadline for applications has been extended to 18 May.  Information can be found at: www.thebiodiversityconsultancy.com

 

- The BBOP Secretariat Team
(Kerry ten Kate, Patrick Maguire, Amrei von Hase, Ray Victurine, Sebastian Winkler)