Biodiversity Offsetting

Tuesday 25 January, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Jubilee Room, just off the North West Corner of Westminster Hall.

Environmental legislation protects endangered species and habitats, but does not protect the low-priority biodiversity that supports the functioning and processes of ecosystems. Low priority biodiversity is being depleted rapidly as a result of human development activities, including agriculture, forestry, transport, industry, and housing development. Conceptually similar to carbon credit schemes, biodiversity offsets are market-based conservation strategies that place economic value on low-priority habitats by measuring human impacts on nature as credits and debits.

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology invites you to a seminar to discuss biodiversity offsetting and the potential benefits and risks of market-based conservation strategies within a UK context with representatives of key groups involved. This event is intended to give UK Parliamentarians and their staff the opportunity to discuss this developing policy area.

Chair: Angela C. Smith MP, Chair of the Conservation and Wildlife, All-Party Parliamentary Group
Speakers: Claire Lewis, Biodiversity Offsetting Team, DEFRA
Dr Jo Treweek, Partner, Treweek Environmental Consultants
Professor David Hill, The Environment Bank Ltd.
Michael Oxford, Project Officer, Association of Local Government Ecologists

To attend please email: [email protected] or telephone: 020 7219 8377