Upcoming webinar on new Forest Trends Association report, State of Biodiversity Mitigation 2017


Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace is delighted to announce the release of our latest report, The State of Biodiversity Mitigation 2017: Offsets and Compensation for Global Infrastructure Development.

We hope you will join us for a webinar exploring key findings from the report and discussing how new strategies for how biodiversity conservation can help manage negative impacts from the mega-wave of infrastructure development taking place in the first half of the 21st century.

Key findings include:

  • For 2016, the report tracked 99 regulatory programs in 33 countries; these “compensatory mitigation projects” collectively restored, recreated, and protected important habitats on more than 8.3 million hectares—an area of land roughly the size of Austria.
  • About $3.6 billion of the nearly $5 billion spent went to “mitigation banks” under which a habitat is protected or rehabilitated to compensate for expected adverse impacts to similar nearby ecosystems; a smaller amount, $1.2 billion, went to compensation funds set aside for biodiversity management or for valuable biodiversity protections elsewhere.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the costs of these conservation efforts has been paid by the private sector. The energy, transportation, and mining/minerals sectors were responsible for almost all (97%) the offsets and compensation measured by cumulative land area under management.
  • Compensatory mitigation projects did not only benefit the fauna and flora where they were implemented, but also were profitable. The new report shows that most mitigation bank projects developed by the private sector met investors’ expectations by delivering expected internal rates of return, and some even exceeded investors’ expectations.

Please join us on December 11, 12:00 PM EST/5:00 PM GMT. Panelists include:

  • Genevieve Bennett, Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace
  • Julia Baker, Balfour Beatty
  • Trent Lethco, ARUP
  • George Kelly, RES

Register for the webinar here.

We hope you can participate! If you can’t make a webinar, never fear: a recording will be available online at http://forest-trends.org/releases/p/sobm2017 shortly after the webinar.

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