April 24th, 2007

BBOP Learning Network Meeting, 18 June 2007
Bainbridge Island, Washington State

We are pleased to invite you to a meeting of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Program’s global Learning Network.

The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) is a partnership of business, scientific organizations, government agencies, research institutes and financial institutions.  We recognize that new construction and development can be essential for economic growth, but are a significant cause of biodiversity loss. We are responding to a growing interest in biodiversity offsets, which are conservation actions designed to compensate for the unavoidable adverse impact caused by infrastructure projects, so as to  result in “no net loss” of biodiversity.

After an introductory session on offsets, this one day conference will focus on how to create incentives that will encourage developers to pursue biodiversity offsets. The meeting will cover a range of issues pertinent to biodiversity offsets in the United States and around the world and will explore issues related to marine and coastal offsets and the legal, institutional and financial aspects of implementing offsets successfully over the long term. The workshop will bring together experts on biodiversity offsets from around the globe, including innovators and practitioners from private, public, NGO, community, government and financial sectors.

The meeting will be hosted by BBOP in conjunction with the City of Bainbridge Island on Monday, June 18, 2007 on Bainbridge Island, Washington State, USA.

We anticipate this meeting will offer an excellent opportunity for constructive discussion and learning and we look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP: To confirm your participation and obtain logistics for the meeting (including venue), please email Rachel Miller at rmiller@forest-trends.org by June 4, 2007

Cost: The cost for lunch to be served in the IslandWood dining hall is $20. Payment can be cash or check (made out to Forest Trends) on the day of the event.

Sponsorship: BBOP would not be possible without the support of our key donors: USAID, The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, The Alcoa Foundation, and the Global Environment Facility. Please contact Rachel Miller (rmiller@forest-trends.org) to find out how your organization can support BBOP, including this meeting on Bainbridge Island.
A draft agenda and more information will be available shortly.


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