Restoring degraded landscapes : assessing the utility of biodiversity offsets for the business sector in Africa

Show simple item record Chikozho, Claudious De Jongh, Derick 2015-06-24T07:15:41Z 2015-06-24T07:15:41Z 2014-12
dc.description.abstract Increasing pressure for the conversion of tropical and sub-tropical wetlands and forests to alternative land usage raises the possibility that biodiversity offsets will increasingly take centre stage in biodiversity conservation planning and ecosystem restoration discourses. This article explores the major discourses on and utility of biodiversity offsets in the African context with a view to identifying and articulating some of the challenges and opportunities evident in attempts to operationalise the concept in practice. The discussion establishes that as intuitively pleasing as they have become in recent years, with potentially large benefits expected to be derived from offset initiatives, several significant hurdles need to be overcome for them to become well established practice in Africa. For instance, some observers have argued strongly that, in practice, land use and wetland mitigation in most countries have come nowhere near achieving the goal of ‘no-net-loss’. There are also enduring questions about the credibility of the formulae used to calculate net-losses and net-gains in biodiversity offset schemes. In the light of these and other outstanding questions, the article concludes that biodiversity offsets may seem simple but are much more complex to design and implement to the extent that they become really convincing as a conservation tool for businesses in Africa. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-06-18 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Claudious Chikozho & Derick De Jongh (2014) Restoring degraded landscapes: Assessing the utility of biodiversity offsets for the business sector in Africa, International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity, 9:2, 61-76, DOI: 10.1080/18186874.2014.987955 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1818-6874 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-7274 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/18186874.2014.987955
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © University of South Africa Press. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of African Renaissance Studies, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 61-76, 2014. doi :10.1080/18186874.2014.987955. International Journal of African Renaissance Studies is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Biodiversity offsets en_ZA
dc.subject Conservation planning and land usage en_ZA
dc.subject Ecosystems in Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Ecosystem restoration en_ZA
dc.subject No-net-loss en_ZA
dc.title Restoring degraded landscapes : assessing the utility of biodiversity offsets for the business sector in Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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