Volume 1 Issue 1: November 8, 2006    
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About BBOP

The Business and Biodiversity Offset Program (BBOP) is a new partnership between companies, governments and conservation experts to explore biodiversity offsets.

Our vision and expectation is that biodiversity offsets will become a standard part of business practice for those companies with a significant impact on biodiversity.

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Dear BBOP Learning Network,

We would like to welcome you to the first Learning Network newsletter of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP). It has been an exciting few months for BBOP, as we have taken on new pilot projects, started to grapple with key methodologies, stimulated dialogue through various roundtable events, and had the honor to meet with the President of Madagascar to discuss biodiversity offsets in the context of sustainable development.

We hope you enjoy our brief updates and look forward to your feedback. We can be reached via email at bbop@forest-trends.org.

The BBOP Secretariat Team

(Kerry ten Kate, Assheton Carter, Mira Inbar, Mahlette Betre, Rachel Miller, Paul Mitchell)

  From left to right: Jon Ekstrom, Birdlife International; Assheton Carter, Conservation International; Kerry ten Kate, Forest Trends; Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar
  From left to right: Jon Ekstrom, Birdlife International; Assheton Carter, Conservation International; Kerry ten Kate, Forest Trends; Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar

BBOP Meets with President of Madagascar: President Ravalomana expresses interest in biodiversity offsets

June 22, 2006--Members of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) were invited to meet with Marc Ravalomanana, President of Madagascar, during a recent visit to the island nation.

During the visit, President Ravalomanana, a businessman, expressed his interest in collaborating with businesses as a mechanism for integrating sustainable development and conservation. Madagascar, an area rich in biodiversity, is a prime location for a conservation strategy that integrates sustainable business practices and environmental conservation through biodiversity offsets.

For the full article, click here.

Global Dialogues on Biodiversity Offsets: The BBOP Learning Network

Pretoria, South Africa
September 29, 2006--

BBOP, in coordination with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), hosted a day long open discussion on the role of biodiversity offsets in conservation, using the context of South Africa as a backdrop for a broader discussion on biodiversity offsets. The event covered a range of topics, from the basics of biodiversity offsets to an exploration of biodiversity offsets within the context of South African regional planning. Sessions also focused on the technical, structural, functional and social aspects of biodiversity offset design. Over 80 participants attended the meeting, representing government, local and international NGOs, and the private sector.

More information about the meeting, including the agenda, presentations, and meeting minutes can be found by clicking here.

Paris, France
July 6, 2006--

BBOP and the French Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development hosted a one day meeting which focused on market instruments and other policy measures, such as international and national legal frameworks for biodiversity offsets.  Participants also discussed risk management, evaluated the role of the financial sector in biodiversity offsets and used case studies to illustrate the business case for companies to undertake voluntary offsets. More details can be found by clicking here.

Antananarivo, Madagascar
June 21, 2006--

BBOP Secretariat members used the stage of Conservation International's 2006 Global Symposium event in Madagascar to hold a roundtable discussion on biodiversity offsets, targeting NGOs, government officials, foundations and members of the private sector with a message of biodiversity offsets as a tool for conservation.

BBOP used the platform to introduce the concept of biodiversity offsets, discuss the risks and opportunities associated with offsets, and link offsets with regional sustainable development planning in Africa.

For the full story and more information about issues raised during the discussion, click here.

Kampala, Uganda
June 16, 2006--

BBOP and Gyelloba, a Dutch company focused on tourism and sustainable development, convened a Learning Network meeting with policymakers in Uganda. The meeting discussed the conservation and livelihood objectives of biodiversity offsets, the business case for engaging companies, and potential opportunities for Uganda.

In attendance were individuals from the National Environment Management Authority of Uganda, the National Forestry Authority of Uganda, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, Forest Trends, Gyelloba, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the Uganda Wildlife Agency, and specialists in the fields of law and ornithology.

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