SNAPP TEAM:Compensatory Conservation
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Under what conditions and using which methods can compensatory conservation programs most effectively protect biodiversity and ecosystem services?

Industry development can have a detrimental impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Increasingly, compensation programs like biodiversity offsetting are being designed to counterbalance ecological impacts. But are they effective? Compensatory conservation policies are being rapidly developed and adopted, and a better understanding of these initiatives is crucial to ensuring that these measures have the best possible outcomes for biodiversity and people.


OUR APPROACH: This working group is developing criteria for identifying the type of compensatory approach most likely to deliver equitable conservation benefits across a range of objectives by linking different compensatory approaches to specific in-country conditions. Simultaneously, the team is analyzing the impacts and outcomes of different compensatory approaches for biodiversity and people in a variety of case study countries.

Team Status: ONGOING
Team Critical Challenge: The Value of Nature


  • Explore scenarios illustrating the outcomes of alternative compensation models in different country level contexts for conservation and local communities
  • Shape policy on and achieve better outcomes from compensation and offsetting, for both nature and the people who depend upon it, within case-study countries
  • Develop a framework that sets out criteria for best practice compensatory conservation under different in-country circumstances and seek to embed it globally
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Conservation policy in the spotlight

This news coverage from the IUCN features an interview with project co-lead, Martine Maron.

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James Watson
Wildlife Conservation Society
Martine Maron
The University of Queensland
Amrei von Hase
Forest Trends
Conrad Savy
International Finance Corporation
Dilys Roe
International Institute of Environmental and Development (IIED)
Fabien Quétier
Guy Dutson
The Biodiversity Consultancy
Hugh Possingham
The Nature Conservancy
Hugo Rainey
Wildlife Conservation Society
Jeremy Simmonds
The University of Queensland
Joe Kiesecker
The Nature Conservancy
Julia Jones
Bangor University
Kerry Ten Kate
Forest Trends
Laura Sonter
The University of Queensland
Leon Bennun
The Biodiversity Consultancy
Mathieu Souquet
Philippe Puydarrieux
Ray Victurine
Wildlife Conservation Society
Steve Edwards
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Thomas Brooks
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Todd Stevens
Wildlife Conservation Society
Victoria Griffiths
University of Oxford
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