The first meeting of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group on compensatory conservation was held in Santa Barbara, California, in the first week of August.

This group, led by Martine Maron and James Watson, and supported by Maron Lab members Jeremy Simmonds and Laura Sonter, aims to examine how compensatory approaches like offsets can be harnessed to deliver the best outcomes for biodiversity and people in different parts of the world.

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Working group members: (Back row, left to right) Hugo Rainey, Joe Kiesecker, Ray Victurine, Jeremy Simmonds, Todd Stevens, (Front row, left to right) James Watson, Laura Sonter, Martine Maron, Steve Edwards, Philippe Puydarrieux, Fabien Quétier (photo credit: Ginger Gillquist, NCEAS)

In recognition of the differing in-country contexts in which compensatory policies are implemented, the group, comprising stakeholders from private industry, non-government organisations and academia, will examine which approaches—ranging along a spectrum from the funding of protected areas to net gain of biodiversity—are most suitable in particular circumstances.

Compensatory conservation is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ tool—different approaches will be more or less appropriate for different places. Over the next 12 months, this working group will develop the guidance on what is likely to work best, and where.

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