Forest Trends and Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme
Amrei von Hase is an ecologist with fifteen years of experience and specific expertise in biodiversity conservation, management and offsetting (in the context of the mitigation hierarchy), landscape-level systematic conservation planning, impact assessment and relevant training and capacity building. Her current position is as Scientific Advisor (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) for Forest Trends and the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP), where she has been leading the development of international best practice in applying the mitigation hierarchy based on experience with private and public sector projects and partnerships across the world (including Southern Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and Europe). As part of this, she has been closely involved in the preparation of the first international Standard on Biodiversity Offsets and the revision of other benchmark environmental and social safeguard policies and performance standards (e.g. those of financial institutions such as the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and others). Her frequently interdisciplinary work requires regular collaboration with a wide network of collaborators from academia, government, companies and civil society. A core function of her role is to provide specialist advice to these sectors and to develop and deliver training courses, particularly on no net loss/ net positive impact planning and implementation (including biodiversity protection, management, sustainable use approaches), to a range of audiences. Amrei has a Doctorate in Ecology and Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town). Her PhD focused on conservation planning and implementation processes (particularly through conservation stewardship – private protected areas mechanisms) in highly threatened and biodiverse Cape lowland landscapes.