Our Work: Pilot Projects

BBOP’s work is based on real experiences of the design of mitigation measures, including biodiversity offsets, in pilot projects.  In BBOP’s early years, we supported and learned from a small portfolio of pilot projects in our first phase of work (to mid-2009) by assisting project developers and their local advisers to design mitigation measures including biodiversity offsets with the aim of demonstrating “no net loss” of biodiversity and livelihood benefits in the context of particular development projects.  In all of the pilot project experiences, the developer decided to undertake the biodiversity offset on a purely voluntary basis, rather than as a regulatory requirement.  BBOP maintains close relationships with two of the original pilots that are still working on their No Net Loss plans, the others having completed their work.  Case studies from 2014 are below.  Since 2009, BBOP has broadened its basis for obtaining experience of using the BBOP Standard, Handbooks and other best practices, learning from a wealth of experiences within the Community of Practice. 



  • Biodiversity Offset Fictional Worked Example - This fictional example of a mine in South Africa illustrates how some methods developed by BBOP can apply the principles for biodiversity offsets. The worked example has adapted real biological data from a certain part of South Africa to characterize the fictitious Letabeng area and ficticious mine site.


BBOP also published this report summarizing a number of compensatory conservation experiences that cover a broad range of circumstances.  These examples were for the most part not designed as biodiversity offsets as defined in the BBOP principles, and were not done in partnership with BBOP. They cover a variety of experiences: biodiversity offsets designed to achieve net gain or no net loss of biodiversity; compensatory conservation measures, which provide some form of reparation for a project’s negative impacts on biodiversity but may not reach no net loss; and other positive contributions to conservation that were not aimed specifically at compensating for residual negative impacts, but support biodiversity conservation in the area where the project took place.  The report draws a number of lessons and key findings of the analysis of the case studies.

BBOP remains interested in supporting biodiversity offset design and implementation at site level. We are looking for new partners, in diverse sectors and geographic regions.   Our primary focus now is assisting project developers understand and apply the BBOP Standard, either as:

  • an early stage risk assessment tool for projects with significant biodiversity impacts;
  • a means to improve application of the mitigation hierarchy for those developing or considering developing an offset, or;
  • an assessment tool for a complete offset design (and possibly implementation).


If you are a project developer interested in applying the BBOP Standard in any of these ways, please contact  bbop@forest-trends.org.