Who we are: About BBOP

The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) is a collaboration of more than 80 leading organizations and individuals including companies, financial institutions, government agencies and civil society organizations, who are members of its Advisory Group.  Together, the members are testing and developing best practice on biodiversity offsets and conservation banking worldwide.  

The BBOP partners wish to show, through experience in a range of industry sectors, that biodiversity offsets can help achieve significantly more, better and more cost-effective conservation outcomes than normally occurs in infrastructure development.   The BBOP partners believe that demonstrating no net loss of biodiversity can help companies secure their license to operate, better manage their costs and liabilities, and improve outcomes for affected communities.

We have developed a set of principles and methodologies informed by the on-the-ground experiences of our business partners to help developers demonstrate no net loss of biodiversity.  In January 2012 BBOP released its Standard on Biodiversity Offsets which can be used by companies and auditors to assess risk and determine whether an offset has been designed and subsequently implemented in accordance with international best practice, as described in the BBOP Principles. 

BBOP’s goals include:

  • To provide a global forum for collective learning, the dissemination of biodiversity mitigation and offset concepts and the sharing of experience on implementation.
  • To assist developers in designing and implementing mitigation measures including offsets that produce measurable and long term conservation outcomes in the widest range of countries and sectors possible.
  • To support the development of institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks which support no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity, including biodiversity offsets.
  • To improve biodiversity offset concepts methods informed by practical experience and research and scientific practice.
  • To promote development and adoption of biodiversity offset standards and methods for verification in the domain of no net loss and the mitigation hierarchy, such as the Standard on Biodiversity Offsets, with  a view to ensuring that mitigation measures including offsets are applied when appropriate and to a high standard. 


In our current phase of work we are pursuing these goals through the following set of five broad and interlocking activities:

  1. Improve the Standard and associated tools;
  2. Expand the Community of Practice to reach beyond BBOP membership, via webinars and conferences.
  3. Build capacity through training of professionals
  4. Mainstream no net loss of biodiversity into policy and practice
  5. Research on best practice on emerging issues


BBOP was established by Forest Trends in 2004 which currently serves on its Secretariat with the Wildlife Conservation SocietyClick here to learn more about the governance of BBOP.

BBOP’s goals include:

·       To[KtK1]  provide a global forum [KtK2] for collective learning, the dissemination of best practice on the application of the mitigation hierarchy, including biodiversity offsets, and the sharing of experience.

·       To assist developers [KtK3] in following the mitigation hierarchy, including designing and implementing offsets that produce measurable conservation outcomes in the widest range of countries and sectors possible.

·       To improve biodiversity offset methods informed by practical experience [KtK4] and research.

To promote development and adoption of biodiversity offset standards [KtK5] and methods for verification

 [KtK1]These are old goals. They were agreed by Adv Gp but no longer feel contemporary, eg too much emphasis on offsets and not enough on mitigation hierarchy, and phrasing from pre-Standard days.  Have amended the text.  Do we need to check it with the ExComm, or changes so minor, it’s OK to go for it? 

 [KtK2]This should be hyperlinked through tot the Community of Practice

 [KtK3]This should be hyperlkinked through to the Guidelines (Handbooks, Standard etc)

 [KtK4]This should be hyperlinked through to the pilots.

 [KtK5]This should be hyperlinked through to the Standard.