The Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme, Forest Trends, the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) co-hosted the "To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond" conference on June 3-4, 2014.
280 individuals from 32 countries met in London for the first global conference on approaches to avoid, minimize, restore and offset biodiversity loss was held. Participants discussed how to ensure that development is planned to achieve no net loss or preferably a net gain in biodiversity. Representatives came from companies in the extractive, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry and retail sectors, from governments and intergovernmental organizations, from financial institutions, NGOs, civil society, universities, research organizations and from consultancies and small businesses. They explored international experience and policy on no net loss and a net gain of biodiversity, and everyone was searching for practical solutions to reconcile development with environmental protection and social fairness.
A short list of cross-cutting, key issues that emerged as major themes from the conference as well as the full conference report are available from this page. In addition, most sessions at the conference were videotaped and are also available from the same page, along with a short highlights video. The conference agenda provides links to video recordings of speakers from each recorded session as well as links to the presentations delivered at the conference.
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BBOP hosts occasional meetings for the broader Community of Practice. A summary and presentations made at May 2013 meeting with the EU No Net Loss Working Group can be found here.