Network Rail's Net Positive for Biodiversity

14th December 2015

Network Rail Infrastructure Projects has committed to net positive outcomes for biodiversity. In this webinar, you will hear about Network Rail IP’s approach and progress to date with its country-wide Net Positive pilots, its lessons learnt and plans for Net Positive to become business-as-usual by March 2019.

Biodiversity offsetting is controversial: people suspect it of being an easy way for developers to buy their way out of conservation requirements. Yet, if offsetting is necessary as the last stage in the Mitigation Hierarchy, it can ensure that actions to compensate for unavoidable habitat loss benefit local and national conservation priorities. Also, offsetting requires measurable conservation outcomes compared with all biodiversity losses from a project. So it is not just focused on species named in wildlife laws and planning regulations, but takes a more holistic approach by ensuring ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity as a minimum.

Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (IP) is using the Mitigation Hierarchy to make a “measurable net positive contribution towards biodiversity in the UK”. With restrictions on planting trees along the railway, biodiversity offsetting is only considered as a last resort. When offsetting is necessary, Network Rail IP applies good practice principles of offsetting that provide a robust and challenging framework to achieve development with net positive outcomes for nature conservation.

This webinar is for all those involved with the Net Positive process, notably environmental and sustainability professionals, ecological consultants, local authorities and statutory agencies. It is for those who have a basic understanding of the concept of offsetting. By attending the webinar, you will learn about the good practice principles of biodiversity offsetting that underpin Network Rail IP’s approach and how these are being applied in practice.

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