Biodiversity Offsetting

24th October 2013


Defra has described biodiversity offsets as conservation activities designed to give biodiversity benefits to compensate for losses - ensuring that when a development damages nature (and this damage cannot be avoided) new, bigger or better nature sites will be created. They are different from other types of ecological compensation as they need to show measurable outcomes that are sustained over time.

IEMA has contributed to earlier consultations expressing interest in the concept of achieving a ‘net-gain’ for biodiversity, whilst also stressing the importance of any scheme being robust and not displacing the mitigation hierarchy.


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