Business & Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP)


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With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, a workshop on Biodiversity Offsets: Pilot Projects and Potential in Africa was organized by Conservation International, as part of the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group on Monday May 4th, 2009 to discuss biodiversity offsets and their potential as a tool for conservation in Africa. The workshop included over thirty participants from government agencies, NGO’s, development organizations and universities. The goal of the workshop was for participants to have a shared understanding of biodiversity offsets, the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) and the successes and challenges of BBOP pilot projects and policy efforts in Africa.

The workshop began with a welcome and introductions from Tim Resch, the Bureau Environmental Advisor in USAID’s Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development/EGEA. The workshop was organized into three parts, the first a presentation on the definition of biodiversity offsets and an overview of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP), the second, a deeper dive into the experiences of the BBOP pilot projects in Africa and finally a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of biodiversity offsets as a tool for conservation strategies in Africa.

Read the Workshop Summary here

Presentations included:
Biodiversity Offsets & BBOP: Introductions and Context Patrick Maguire, Forest Trends
BBOP Pilot Projects and Policy Work in Africa Kerry ten Kate, Forest Trends

Panel Discussion
Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends, Discussion Moderator
Kaddu Sebunya, African Wildlife Foundation
Juan Jose Dada, International Finance Corporation
Rowena Smuts, Conservation International
Judy Oglethorpe, World Wildlife Fund-US
Ole Petenya, Shompole Community Trust, Kenya

Some of the questions addressed during the workshop included:
  • What are the opportunities and risks of offsets for governments, communities, conservation organizations and companies?
  • What is the incentive for companies to do an offset?
  • Many countries lack the capacity, regulatory framework or strategies for biodiversity conservation to support the implementation of offsets. How is this to be overcome?
  • How can we bring livelihood issues and poverty alleviation in to the design of biodiversity offsets?
  • What could be the role of local communities in offset design and implementation?
  • What are the data and capacity constraints for effective offset design and implementation in Africa?
  • How can we find more companies willing to undertake pilot projects in Africa?

Special thanks to Tim Resch of USAID and Mahlette Betre of Conservation International for their roles in organizing and hosting the workshop.

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