BBOP is an international partnership of some 80+ leading conservation organizations, companies, governments, and financial institutions developing, testing and implementing best practice on biodiversity offsets. Forest Trends launched BBOP in November 2004, and serves as its Secretariat with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Since its inception the BBOP partners have worked to clarify and firmly embed the role of biodiversity offsets in the broader Mitigation Hierarchy (avoid, minimize, restore and offset) with a view to achieving no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity, and to develop the principles and methodologies required to support best practice in biodiversity offsets. Now in its third phase of work (2012- 2016), BBOP continues to adapt its strategy and activities in order to deliver on the members' expectation that high quality mitigation including biodiversity offsets will become a standard part of the development process when projects have a (significant) residual impact on biodiversity, resulting in long term and globally significant conservation outcomes. BBOP is a global forum where organizations of many different kinds from around the world share experience and collaborate on the development of best practice related to biodiversity offsets.
WHAT ARE BIODIVERSITY OFFSETS?
Biodiversity offsets, as defined by BBOP, are measurable conservation outcomes resulting from actions designed to compensate for significant residual adverse biodiversity impacts arising from project development, and persisting after appropriate prevention and mitigation have been taken. The goal of biodiversity offsets is to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity on the ground with respect to species composition, habitat structure, ecosystem function and people's use and cultural values associated with biodiversity.
The BBOP Vision:
BBOP envisages a future in which the mitigation hierarchy is rigorously applied worldwide to a high standard by projects in as many sectors as possible, to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity including, where appropriate, the use of biodiversity offsets.
BBOP's mission is to provide leadership in the inclusion of biodiversity offsets as a widely recognised and applied tool after avoidance, minimization and restoration measures, by developing and promoting best practice and the highest standards, based on agreed principles.
Phase I: During its initial phase, from November 2004 to June 2009, BBOP developed and made widely available:
Phase II: Work priorities during the second phase of work, July 2009 ľ July 2012, focused on:
Phase III: Work priorities for the current phase of work, through 2016, will focus on:
The BBOP Web Page provides further information on program activities.