Standard & Guidelines

BBOP is pleased to present the results of its second phase of work (2009 – 20012). The BBOP Standard on Biodiversity Offsets adds a hierarchy of Criteria and Indicators to the ten Principles that BBOP established in 2009.  The Standard will enable project developers to manage biodiversity related risks by providing an auditable approach to no net loss, as well as enabling auditors and assessors to determine whether an offset has been designed and subsequently implemented in accordance with the BBOP Principles.  Some companies have also found the Standard to be a useful early stage risk assessment tool.

Additional detail can be found in the accompanying Guidance Notes which offer an interpretation of the Criteria and Indicators of the Standard; key questions for assessment; and factors to consider in assessing conformance.  Additional technical resource papers focus on the Principles of “No Net Loss and Loss-Gain Calculations” and “Limits to What Can Be Offset”. 

This material constitutes the core of BBOP’s work to develop best practice for biodiversity offsets.  A number of other tools and products first published in 2009, such as Handbooks on offset design and implementation, case studies and a glossary can be accessed as well from the graphic below. 


Click on the document titles in the graphic below to open the file.  

Documents will be added as they become available.

Note: Documents published in 2009, unless marked as follows: * First prepared in 2012;    ** Updated 2012


Technical Experts (offset designers, implementers, assurers) and Communities
Practical, 'how to' guidance

The Standard is also available in French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.


The work ahead:

We aim to make the Standard available to as many biodiversity offset developers and policy makers as possible, and work with them to test it over the next two years.  Improvement will come through field trials and feedback from users, standards experts and stakeholders.  The Standard and Guidance Notes will be revised after 2016, with the exact date depending on the speed with which evidence of the need to amend specific provisions comes to light.

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