News: Online discussion of the IUCN Biodiversity Offsets Policy

16 May 2016

The IUCN Biodiversity Offsets Policy has been approved by IUCN’s Council and has been formally submitted as a Motion for consideration as part of the 2016 World Conservation Congress.   Please note that the motion is only accessible to IUCN institutional Members, Commission Members and Secretariat.

An online discussion of the Motion (and Policy) is now open to IUCN Members and Commission Members from May 2 – July 3.  That discussion can be accessed here:  This is a new approach for IUCN – online debate and discussion – the expectation is to frontload discussion on Motions prior to Congress in order to ensure enough time for deeper debate in person at Congress.  Many motions are expected to be voted upon online prior to Congress, however, it has already been determined that the Biodiversity Offsets Policy will also be discussed in person and voted on in Honolulu. 

Regarding the Online Discussion, IUCN:

  • Encourages review by colleagues of the Policy, and interaction online.  For institutional members, you may need to do this via your institution’s IUCN focal point.
  • If you are not an IUCN Member or Commission Member, please reach out to others with feedback (or become a Member)
  • In case you have any technical problems please contact For any other questions and inquiries, please contact the Secretariat Motions Team at

At the Congress

There are going to be at least 6 to 8 workshops, panel discussions, presentations, knowledge cafes, even a “Conservation Case” dealing with biodiversity offsets and the mitigation hierarchy during the Forum of the World Conservation Congress.  Additionally, the Biodiversity Offsets Policy itself will be discussed and voted on during the Members Assembly.  IUCN will provide more information as to the specific events as we get closer to the date.