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
13:05-13.35 Fabien Quétier, Biotope - Download presentation
Overview: Biodiversity Offsetting & EU Context/Q&A
EU context (No Net Loss, Biodiversity Strategy etc)
Theoretical background (BBOP principles)
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
15:30: 17:00 Final roundtable discussions
17:00-17:15 Feedback and conclusions
17:15 Drinks reception
ECCI and Ecosystems Services: http://www.edinburghcentre.org/Ecosystem-Services.html
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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