Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
Janne Kotiaho, Professor, Coordinating Lead Author of Global Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment, IPBES
Satu Hassi, Member of the Finnish Parliament, Chairperson of Environment Committee
Suvi Borgström, Senior Officer, Ministry of Environment
Juha Niemelä, Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Atte Moilanen, Research Director, University of Helsinki
Joe Bull, Lecturer of Conservation Science
In this panel discussion we will explore the role of ecological compensations or biodiversity offsetting in helping us to achieve the land degradation neutrality goal as aspired in the sustainable develpment goals. We will discuss whether it would be desirable to demand biodiversity offsetting from all activity degrading environments or not and about the challenges there may be in devising policy to support or demand compensations. The discussion aims to identify major challenges of implementation and find solutons to overcome the challenges.