Biodiversity Offset Worked Example: Fictional Letabeng Case Study

The Principles on Biodiversity Offsets and accompanying supporting materials such as this case study paper giving a fictional worked example have been prepared by the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) to help developers, conservation groups, communities, governments and financial institutions that wish to consider and develop best practice related to biodiversity offsets. They were developed by members of the BBOP Secretariat and Advisory Committee during the first phase of the programme’s work (2004 – 2008), and have benefited from contributions and suggestions from many of the 200 people who registered on the BBOP consultation website and numerous others who have joined us for discussions in meetings.


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The following is an abbreviated version of the different steps that were followed in applying the BBOP methodology to offset the impacts on biodiversity of the proposed development. The planned development whose biodiversity losses need to be offset consists of a kaolin mine covering approximately 160 ha in the fictional Letabeng district in the south-eastern part of South Africa. This is a region with high altitude grassland in relatively pristine condition, with numerous wetlands and small Afromontane forest patches. In addition to its BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION value, the area is significant in terms of delivery of numerous important ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS such as water catchment and the provision of grazing and other natural resources.

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- Relatórios, Estudos, Avaliações de Biodiversidade, Linhas de Base

- Diversidade biológica e cultural;
- Identificação, Monitoria, Indicadores e Avaliações

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