Biodiversity Offsetting & Habitat Banking for Scotland

07 January 2014

Invitation-only workshop, 10th October 1-5.15pm, ECCI, Edinburgh

This invitation-only event was held on the 10th October. The aim was to help raise the debate in Scotland as to whether or not Scotland should introduce biodiversity offsetting and habitat banking.

Discussion on this contentious issue is at an early stage and a number of institutions in Scotland, are looking to form positions on whether or not this is desirable.

The aim of the event was to initiate the discussion amongst key stakeholders as a first step towards position forming. As a neutral organisation, ECCI was well placed to host this event.


Final Report: DOWNLOAD

Executive Summary: DOWNLOAD

Agenda & Presentations

12.30-13:00    Coffee/refreshments and networking opportunity

13:00-13:05:  Welcome

13:05-13.35    Fabien Quétier, Biotope - Download presentation

Overview: Biodiversity Offsetting & EU Context/Q&A

  • EU context (No Net Loss, Biodiversity Strategy etc)

  • Theoretical background (BBOP principles)

  • Mitigation hierarchy

  • Offsetting mechanisms – different options, key considerations

  • Examples from the EU

13:35-13:40    Sally Thomas: Update from the Scottish Government

13:40:13:55    Andy Tharme/Ian Aikman, Scottish Borders Council - Download presentation

Case study: Biodiversity Offsetting in the Scottish Borders

13:55-14:45    Initial roundtable discussion

14:45-15.00    Coffee Break

15:00:15:30    George Kelly, Environmental Banc & Exchange (online from US) - Download presentation

Wetland/Stream & Conservation Banking in the US/Q&A

US Regulatory Offsets – brief history

Process – metrics etc

Lessons learned

15:30: 17:00   Final roundtable discussions 

17:00-17:15    Feedback and conclusions

17:15              Drinks reception


ECCI and Ecosystems Services:

Susan Davies

Having had a dual career - starting out with 12 years in consultancy and banking (primarily risk management) before changing to environmental research related roles via an MSc in Environmental Change & Management, Susan's role at ECCI is to support low carbon finance projects in Scotland. 

Susan's previous role at Edinburgh University involved setting up a network to exchange information between academia and the finance sector in relation to the risks of forest loss. The target audience was the UK finance sector and UK research, but with a global investment focus. 

Before this she had a varied research career, with roles that included researching the issues around raising finance for low carbon infrastructure in the EU, providing life-cycle analyses and environmental expertise to a low carbon car company; reviewing forest monitoring programmes at the Forestry Commission; managing research reports at Defra; and providing support to the energy part of the independent Quality of Life policy review for the Conservative Party. 

During Susan's City career, she spent 12 years working in a variety of roles including risk management roles at Morgan Stanley and the United Bank of Kuwait, and strategy/research related roles at Datamonitor and Accenture.


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