Open invitation: Group discussion on biodiversity offsetting experiences, risks and possibilities
Convened by: Nina V. Nygren, Lucas Brunet, Taru Peltola, Jarmo Saarikivi
The increasing pressure to find efficient conservation solutions has lead to development of and experimentation with new policy practices and approaches. Biodiversity offsetting is one of these new practices that aim at reconciling nature conservation and other uses of nature. However, biodiversity offsetting is a complex practice and involves ecological and social uncertainties. It has also generated contrasted reactions. Hopes of reconciliation and efficiency surround offsetting practices have been promoted, but also fears and risks of failure and triviality have emerged. In many countries biodiversity offsetting practice is still new and practiced only experimentally.
To exchange experiences and views on biodiversity offsetting, the “Compensation game” (web page under development - for now see https://vimeo.com/246304444 ) project invites international conservation professionals in a collective discussion. Drawing on a multidisciplinary and collaborative background, the project will develop a social simulation game of biodiversity offsetting in Finnish and in English. Once developed, the game will be published open access online. The workshop discussion during ECCB meeting will be recorded and used confidentially for research and game development. It will provide insights on biodiversity offsetting experiences, risks and possibilities to the participants.