Session 1 - Burden Shifting or Burden Sharing? Legal Compliance and Biodiversity Offsetting

Wednesday, 18th April 2012

Companies always have a negative impact on the environment but they increasingly try to minimise them, for example by adopting approaches such as No-Net-Loss. Increasingly, these actions are regulated by law. This session shows how companies are dealing with regulations and shines light on new developments.

Peter Smits, Senior Advisor, Triple E

Dr. Peter Smits works at Triple E as senior advisor since 2010. He is an expert in integrated rural development projects and has worked as programme leader in various programmes that combined nature development, restructuring of farming communities, water management and new facilities for recreation and tourism. He started his career at Wageningen University and Research Centre working on development of biological control methods based on insect pathogens. Lately he is involved in processes to find and organize new tools for financing landscape and nature in regions, including landscape auctions. He participates in the EU-life project the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign, chaired and organized several workhops with businesses and NGO’s and recently started running biodiversity checks for Dutch companies.


Michael Rademacher, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Manager of the Global Environmental Sustainability Department, HeidelbergCement
Michael is a biologist and has been working for the past 16 years in mining sites. He is currently working within HeidelbergCement - the third largest global cement group – as the Biodiversity and Natural Resources Manager of the Global Environmental Sustainability Department and Program Director for the cooperation with BirdLife international.
He is an expert in site rehabilitation for the worldwide HeidelbergCement quarries. As author of numerous scientific articles in worldwide publications, he published lately the HeidelbergCement book series on species living in quarries. He is representing his group within several international biodiversity task forces (WBCSD – CSI, UEPG and CEMBUREAU). Besides, he is an associated professor at the University of Bingen in Germany, a member of German Akademie für Geowissenschaften und Geotechnologie e.V. and member of the advisory board "Deutsche Umweltstiftung”.


Brice Quenouille, Project Manager, Bouygues Construction

PhD in evolutionary ecology, Brice joined in 2004 the French financial institution "Caisse des Dépôts" and participated to the creation of CDC Biodiversité, a subsidiary specialized in biodiversity offset and habitat banking, where he acted as project manager. In 2011, he joined the Bouygues Construction group to launch and manage a new structure named BIOSITIV, entirely dedicated to biodiversity.


Prof. Dr. Elke Hietel, Environmental Liability and Biodiversity, Institute for Environmental Studies and Applied Research - FH Bingen

She has a degree in landscape ecology and planning, University München; Ph.D in landscape ecology, University Giessen. Eight years experience in landscape consulting office and nature conservation agency. Since 2004: professor at University of Applied Sciences Bingen, lectures in landscape ecology, planning, geographic information systems, nature conservation. Scientific administration of the institute for "Rational and Renewable Energy Consumption in Bingen (TSB)”. Current research project: "Environmental Liability and Biodiversity” at the Institute for Environmental Studies and Applied Research (IESAR)


Sarah Lavaux, Department of Sustainable Development, Eiffage Group

Since 2010 Sarah Lavaux has been working in close collaboration with Valérie David at the Department of Sustainable Development of the Eiffage Group. Sarah is mainly in charge of projects related to biodiversity. Sarah, 26 years old, graduated from the Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris and entered the public works department of the Group in 2008. She joined the Eiffage Group again after she graduated from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University where she obtained her degree from the Biodiversity, Environment and Large Infrastructure chair. She obtained her degree the first year the graduation was offered by the University.


17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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