A. No. Biosphere Connections is intended to support biodiversity protection not just for environmental reasons, but also for the socio-economic benefit of communities – especially those who directly rely on biodiversity for their livelihoods. Furthermore, many of the Star Alliance airlines have introduced carbon-offset schemes, such as SAS, Spanair, Blue 1 and others are in the pipeline. Others have established programmes to donate air miles to support charities and Non-Governmental Organisations such as the Air Canada’s ‘Beyond Miles’, which in its first year has donated over 29 million Aeroplan Miles to charitable partners such as Engineers Without Borders and Médecins Sans Frontières. Similar schemes are operated by Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS, LOT Polish Airlines, Croatia Airlines and Adria Airways (Miles & More); Thai Airways (Miles for Merit); United (Mileage Plus Charity Miles); US Airways (Miles of Hope). Biosphere Connections will complement all the established schemes, and provide an alliance-wide framework to communicate and create connections - to help communities near and far, by sharing knowledge and resources to support their needs. Who knows how Biosphere Connections will develop in the future? We will be listening carefully to our partners and doing everything we can to ensure Star Alliance carriers, and their customers, are responsible corporate citizens.