Overview of Web Forum:
- PRESENTING CURRENT TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICE
- LINKING THEORY AND PRACTICE
- STIMULATING INSIGHTFUL DISCUSSION
Biodiversity offsetting is the process of intentionally producing environmental gains to counterweigh the negative impacts of development on nature, with a goal of no net loss or net gain for biodiversity. Embedded as the final stage in a hierarchy of mitigation approaches, it is increasingly used as a policy tool in an attempt to reconcile development and environmental protection, both in Canada and many other countries around the world.
The last 20 years have seen an explosion of interest in the topic in policy circles, among development planners and in academia. Organizations such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, the Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative and the International Association for Impact Assessment have worked to articulate a set of principles and good practices to properly and effectively apply offsetting. Despite this, the offsetting remains a risky and controversial approach to environmental protection. Many aspects of it are poorly understood or inconsistently applied.
To help advance thinking, policy and practice respecting biodiversity offsetting, the Alberta Land Institute is presenting a series of web-based presentations and discussions to improve understanding regarding current thinking and good practices in offsetting. We will be engaging academic experts, practitioners, policy-makers and stakeholders in insightful discussions that aim to link the theory and practice of practice of offsetting for biodiversity.
We will draw on theory and practice to promote dialogue aimed at better and more consistent offsetting as a means of creating a better environmental future.
The series will be relevant to both a Canadian and international audience. The sessions are designed to be of value to offset experts, practitioners, policy-makers and interested stakeholders.
Learn more about Biodiversity Offsetting
Watch our Biodiversity Offsets 101 webinar.
Learn more about the individual sessions:
April 19, 2021 (Monday) - 2 to 3:30 PM MDT
Session Leader: Martine Maron, University of Queensland
April 26, 2021 (Monday) - 10 to 11:30 AM MDT
Session leaders: Fabien Quetier, Biotope; Marian Weber, British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Eric Higgs, University of Victoria
May 3, 2021 (Monday) - 10 to 11:30 AM MDT
Session leader: Joseph Bull, University of Kent
May 10, 2021 (Monday) - 10 to 11:30 AM MDT
Session leader: Stewart Elgie, University of Ottawa
May 17, 2021 (Monday) - 10 to 11:30 AM MDT
Session Leader: Victoria Griffiths, The Landscapes and Liveliehoods Group
May 31, 2021 (Monday) - 3 to 4:30 PM MDT
Session leader: Amy Taylor, Green Analytics
June 7, 2021 (Monday) - 10 to 11:30 AM MDT
Session leader: James Salzman, University of California, Los Angeles
June 14, 2021 (Monday) - 10 to 11:30 AM MDT
Session leader: Vic Adamowicz, University of Alberta
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