Legal & institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting

A joint CEED and CSIRO workshop (ANU, January 2015)

Over two days in January, fifteen academics and professionals from law, economics, business, ecology and policy came together to discuss biodiversity offsetting with a multi-disciplinary twist. Held at the Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU), and organised by Megan Evans (ANU), Stuart Whitten (CSIRO), Andrew Macintosh (ANU) and Martine Maron (UQ), the overall goal of the workshop was to look at biodiversity offsetting from a range of different perspectives, and to try and understand how such policies can effectively deliver positive environmental outcomes.

Biodiversity offsetting is an increasingly popular approach used around the world to compensate for the environmental impacts of development activities. A lot of good research, including the work of researchers in the Environmental Decisions Group, has provided insights into how to best calculate the losses and gains of biodiversity that occurs through development and offsetting activities. Although biodiversity offsetting policy has been in place for around 20 years in Australia and internationally, little is known of what environmental outcomes are being delivered by these policies in practice.

Discussions on offsetting can sometimes lead to heated confrontation. While the interactions at this workshop were spirited, we’re happy to report the confrontation pictured here was staged for the camera. Engagement was cordial throughout the event. From left to right are: Alan Key, Ben O’Hara, Andrew Macintosh, Megan Evans sparring with Martine Maron, Graeme Bartrim, , David Takacs, Rachel Walmsley, Anthea Coggan, James Trezise and Stuart Whitten. (Present but not in photo: Karen Hussey, Jason Cummings and Miranda Lello.)

Discussions on offsetting can sometimes lead to heated confrontation. While the interactions at this workshop were spirited, we’re happy to report the confrontation pictured here was staged for the camera. Engagement was cordial throughout the event. From left to right are: Alan Key, Ben O’Hara, Andrew Macintosh,
Megan Evans sparring with Martine Maron, Graeme Bartrim, , David
Takacs, Rachel Walmsley, Anthea Coggan, James Trezise and Stuart
Whitten. (Present but not in photo: Karen Hussey, Jason Cummings
and Miranda Lello.)

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