Better Biodiversity planning paves the way for better Biodiversity Offsets

Even for the most avid, District Planning and council updates can be pretty dry. So try to hold on to your seat for this one… But this Thursday evening The New Plymouth District Council were told that they needed to improve the way biodiversity was identified and accounted for in their District Plan. Luckily, they’re […]

Waterways before Waitangi Day – conservation in our agricultural land

One of the curious and beautiful things about doing business in New Zealand is that every year nothing really happens before Waitangi Day. Just ask an Auckland-er on Auckland anniversary weekend, or Christchurch-ite driving past abandoned Fulton Hogan road works. And so here we are, the first week of February, and I am pondering what […]

The best things are achieved by banking your offsets, not just trading them

The US Govt. officially prefers biodiversity offsets to come from offset banking After years of skepticism and missed targets – and an enormous amount of hard work – the USA’s mitigation banking (their term for Offset Banking) is finally, officially, correct. This month, the wonderful Mr. Mike Sprague from TroutHeadwaters released this press release: The […]

Update on New Zealand’s Biodiversity Offsets – from the latest Invercargill Workshop

I last wrote about New Zealand’s offsetting market in 2012. Three years later, I’ve come back to a planning workshop led by two of New Zealand’s experts on biodiversity offsetting policy and implementation: Dr. Marie Brown, and Dr. Graham Ussher. I’m keen to know what’s happened recently, and where trends might be headed. Since commencing […]

Cautionary Tales and Real Stories – What else does the latest USACE Memo tell us?

Amongst the annoying Job Advertisements and links to questionably-relevant internet articles, LinkeIn occasionally incubates a little Gem. Those in the Mitigation Industry – be it Endangered Species or Wetlands – might be just as interested as I in the elegant discussion concerning the US Army Corps’ of Engineers’ recent memo. I like to share. The […]

Getting More Of A Good Thing? California Introduces New Law on Conservation Banking

Published just now on Ecosystem Marketplace: My article on the new CA Conservation Banking Legislation… New legislation from California on conservation banking could invigorate the state’s long-running but stagnate industry and serve as a framework for other states and even at the national level. But the conservation banking sector is in disagreement over if the […]

What we were watching for at the NMBEC 2013 – and what we saw.

The 2014 Date for the National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) Annual Conference will soon be announced. This comes hot of the heals of the release of proceedings from the 2013 Conference in New Orleans, made available for the conference attendees – for those who wanted to revise slides in more detail, or those who want […]

EPA retrospectively veto’s a Corps permit, and it might just be OK.

EPA retrospectively veto’s a Corps permit, and it might just be OK. My passion – Environmental Law. I researched and followed a recent court decision concerning the EPA and DC Court regarding 404 Permits, with relevance to the Mitigation Banking Industry. Take a look at Ecosystem Marketplace Blog Eko-Eco. Love to hear what you think. […]