New construction and development are essential for economic growth, yet under business-as-usual practices have often resulted in a significant loss of biodiversity. The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) is working to change that equation, by helping companies to conserve biodiversity in an ecologically effective and economically efficient manner as they pursue their business goals.

BBOP is an international collaboration between companies, financial institutions, government agencies and civil society organizations.  The members are developing best practice in following the mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimize, restore, offset) to achieve no net loss or a net gain of biodiversity.

Together, we're showing how businesses can use this approach to manage their biodiversity-related risks, achieving more and better conservation outcomes that result in no net loss of biodiversity while addressing the needs of local communities.

BBOP envisages a future in which the mitigation hierarchy is rigorously applied worldwide to a high standard by projects in as many sectors as possible, to achieve no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity including, where appropriate, the use of biodiversity offsets.

 

Who We Are

BBOP is a collaboration of more than 75 leading companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and civil society organizations. We are developing best practice on no net loss and a net gain of biodiversity worldwide.

Principles

We have established a principles-based approach, including: adherence to the mitigation hierarchy, an acknowledgement that there are limits to what can be offset, planning within a landscape level context, and a commitment to no let loss of biodiversity.

Pilot Projects

Our work is based on real experiences of biodiversity offset design in pilot projects and other experiences with companies which are leaders in the field.

Standards

BBOP's Standard on Biodiversity Offsets will enable assessors to determine whether an offset follows best practice. It also helps project developers design and implement best practice offsets. Please let us know if you are interested in using the Standard at your site.

Communities

BBOP's approach is based on principles of participation and equity. It considers social and cultural values of biodiversity and aims to ensure that development projects and offsets leave local communities and indigenous people as well or better off than if the project didn't go ahead.

Our Secretariat

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