At a time in where many people think Biodiversity Offsetting in New Zealand is a bit Dead, I surprised myself today.
A colleague of mine is heading into a meeting this week, arguing over the inclusion of Biodiversity Offsetting Policy.
What would I say? How would I prepare? What information would I take?
What’s happening currently in the world of Biodiversity Offsetting right now, that actually matters to New Zealanders?
From the UK:
- The recordings of the recent BBOP “Net Net Loss of Biodiversity And Beyond” conference in London this month, here . (opinions = possible)
- Kerry Ten Kate’s latest publication via Forest Trends and Ecosystem Marketplace where they analysed the data from USA and Australian offsetting markets and made recommendations for the UK (outcomes = good), here.
- This paper on public preference for the design of biodiversity offset policy in Western Australia (opinions = good)
- The latest NSW update to their BioBanking System – the Draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 – with a view to improving the functioning and outcomes of their system that was created in 2012 (opinions = mixed)
The Whole World:
- The pending ICUN Policy on Offsets released for comment/consideration/preparation regarding their September conference, here:
But what of New Zealand?
- This thesis from 2014 Titled: BIODIVERSITY OFFSETS UNDER THE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT 1991A New Environmental Bottom-Line? which, despite being written in 2014, presents an excellent look at the context and current perspective on our ‘industry’, or at the very least a time-relevant reference bank.
- For those into the technical, scientific and practical application, these two journal papers looking at the role of offsets re: invasive species mangement in NZ
There’s plenty going on the world of Biodiversity Offsetting, if you know where to look. Let me know if you think I’ve missed something important – this offsetting is a group effort.