This Monday, 2 June, the second Forum on Natural Commons will be held from 5-8pm in Regent’s Park, London (see the agenda here). This event, facilitated by LCSV’s Professor Sian Sullivan and journalist Fred Pearce, will brings together academics, activists, NGOs and the general public to discuss nature as a common good that benefits us all. The Forum is being held opposite, and as a counterpoint to, what is being billed as the ‘first global conference’ on biodiversity offsetting, “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond”, hosted at the ZSL London Zoo in conjunction with the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP) and the UK Government.
Just ahead of this event, LCSV has published a new Working Paper, co-authored by LCSV’s Sian Sullivan along with fellow Forum on Natural Commons speaker Mike Hannis. The paper, entitled Nets and frames, losses and gains: Value struggles in engagements with biodiversity offsetting policy in England, examines the competing perspectives on biodiversity offsetting of various interested non-governmental actors through a structured discourse analysis of the written evidence submissions to the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee’s 2013 Enquiry into Biodiversity Offsetting in England. Read the full paper here.
The Forum on Natural Commons is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 4pm.