DEFRA plans voluntary national biodiversity offsetting scheme

A green paper on biodiversity offsetting favours a voluntary national scheme for England. A mandatory scheme would have higher benefits.

English meadow. Credit: Anna Curnow, Dreamstime.comA voluntary scheme of biodiversity offsetting across England is favoured by DEFRA, according to a green paper published on 5 September.1

Offsetting uses a ‘metric’ to measure the impact of developments on nature in terms of biodiversity units. Compensation worth at least as many units as the damage caused must be provided for elsewhere.

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