Polluter pays principle 'at risk of being undermined'

Payments for ecosystem services and the natural capital approach could undermine the polluter pays principle and lead to rights redistribution, says a conservation expert

Paying landowners not to pollute conflicts with the polluter pays principle. Photograph: Kevin Eaves/123RFThe polluter pays principle is at risk of being undermined by a drive towards payments for ecosystem services (PES) and natural capital approaches, according to a conservation expert.

Rob Cunningham, principle officer for catchment management at nature charity RSPB, gave the warning at a Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) conference on 30 November.

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