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BBOP Biodiversity Offsets and Stakeholder Participation

Emma Wilson

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This Resource Paper provides information on stakeholder identification, engagement and participation in the design and implementation of biodiversity offsets, considering both the benefits and challenges inherent in an inclusive and participatory approach. It offers a discussion of the principles behind an inclusive and participative approach to the design and implementation of biodiversity offsets, the benefits that such an
approach can bring, and the challenges that must be addressed by the project proponent. Issues that are still under debate are reviewed, and suggestions and source material are provided to help guide offset planners.
The paper introduces the BBOP Principles on Biodiversity Offsets and the three BBOP Handbooks (on Biodiversity Offset Design, Cost-Benefit and Implementation). It covers some of the key issues that a participation process should address, including identifying and involving stakeholders, understanding land
rights and resource use practices, introducing sustainable use practices, promoting equity and handling conflict, and ensuring long-term sustainability of the offset.
The paper offers some basic, initial advice on a number of topics, and includes appendices of source materials on tools, methodologies, international conventions and processes, and the human rights aspects of offset implementation.

Payments for environmental services.

Publication information

  • External: X00023
  • Published: May 2009 - Forest Trends
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • Language: English

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