Conservation covenants ‘need tax breaks to succeed’

A legal instrument to help biodiversity offsetting and other conservation actions will not work without tax breaks to offset a fall in land values, argue conservation groups

The introduction of statutory conservation covenants in England and Wales could help protect habitats in perpetuity, say conservation bodies, but they would need tax breaks to encourage take-up.

Conservation covenants are voluntary agreements between landowners and public bodies promising to do or not do certain things for the benefit of conservation. They could include anything from promising not to use certain pesticides to protect water courses to building a bat roost.

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