4sea, Biodiversity, Oceans

Marine biodiversity offsetting: policies, practices and challenges

 This article is part of the 4sea project.

Biodiversity loss is a major environmental challenge as providing invaluable services to society. However, ecosystems are still unknown and negative impacts related to this loss cannot be completely evaluated to plenty understand the challenge facing humankind. Therefore, to meet the objectives of biodiversity no net loss (NNL) and of economic development, biodiversity offsetting approach is being increasingly adopted yet staying a controversial tool. Indeed, methodologies and framework are still under development and its implementation remains uncertain (Bull et al, 2013). But in a world where economic growth remains the most important issue, biodiversity offsets offer an approach that enables linkage between ecological conservation with industry.

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Agriculture, Biodiversity, Forests, Mitigation, Negographics

Climate change and Desertification Conventions, the destinies of twin sisters

This article is part of our Negographics series.

Written by Gwenael and Clarisse Podesta.

On the 17th of June 2016, the United Nations will be celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification. This year’s theme is “Protect earth. Restore land: Engage people” (see figure 1). This day is the opportunity to showcase the action of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), too often hidden behind its shiny twin sister, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Figure 1. Logo of the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification – Source : UNCCD

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Biodiversity, Future View

Are we the next dinosaurs ?

This article is written by Nicolas Pinceloup and Clémentine Cahier.

Today, May 22nd,  is the international day for Biological Diversity. It is the occasion to question our development and the importance of biodiversity in our societies. This article aims to enlighten the link between biodiversity and sustainable development.

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