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Biodiversity offsetting: Presentations

Banking Nature: will putting a price on nature protect it?

On 23 June, the European Parliament hosted a screening of the documentary Banking Nature, which questions the role that markets play in protecting biodiversity, followed by a debate about the role the EU should play in supporting innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity protection.

At the heart of the discussion was acceptance that nature is in crisis. If we continue to lose biodiversity at the present speed and scale, the future provision of the most basic of human needs such as food, clean water and clean air could be at risk.

The panel included:

Ms Sandrine Feydel, film-maker, Director of ‘Banking Nature’

Ms Pia Bucella, DG ENVI, Head of the Natural Capital Directorate

Mr Sebastien Winkler, Senior Policy Adviser, Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, Forest Trends

Ms Jutta Kill, World Rainforest Movement 

Mr Luc Bas, Director, IUCN EU office

Closing remarks were given by Mr Benedek Javor, MEP for the Greens – European Free Alliance and first vice-chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; and Mr Paul Brannen, MEP for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

Nature is not for sale!

This event on 2 June 2014 at the Regent’s Park Hub was the second forum on the natural commons. It was split into two discussions. The first considered new directions in conservation and took a closer look at ‘value’ and offsetting. The second looked at biodiversity offsetting and community rights. More information is available in the attached presentations and agenda.

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Banking Nature: will putting a price on nature protect it?

On 23 June, the European Parliament hosted a screening of the documentary Banking Nature, which questions the role that markets play in protecting biodiversity, followed by a debate about the role the EU should play in supporting innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity protection.

Beyond biodiversity offsetting; trading away community rights in Gabon

This is the fourth in a series of briefing notes outlining concerns and considerations related to global proposals to offset biodiversity loss. This briefing note analyses a dangerous new proposal being discussed in Gabon for a new Sustainable Development Law (SDL) which goes even further than biodiversity offset schemes outlined so far.

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European Commission’s biodiversity offset report shows it is deaf to the concerns of EU citizens

This press release raises concern about a new European Commission report on biodiversity offsetting which was commissioned before the conclusion of the Commission consultation on No Net Loss.

Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik about biodiversity offsetting

This letter from a group of concerned organisations and individuals who believe that legislation on biodiversity offsetting being considered by the European Commission would harm nature and people, and would give power to those who destroy nature for private profit. The signatories ask for all plans on offsetting to be dropped.

Public Consultation on the future EU Initiative on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

FERN's submission to the consultation on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services explains why the initiative should not be introduced. To see a short film outlining the problems with offsetting visit: www.fern.org/dreams.

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