Natural England to ask if biodiversity offsets work

With DEFRA pushing forward plans to introduce biodiversity offsetting, Natural England and others are checking if they work

A review of the evidence on creating habitats for biodiversity offsets is to be carried out by Natural England in anticipation of their expected adoption under planning policy, ENDS has learned.

Separately, DEFRA is funding two projects to check whether habitat creation and restoration for bats and alongs coasts has provided effective compensation for existing developments approved under the EU Habitats Directive.

Like these older schemes, biodiversity offsets will be nature improvements provided in compensation for damage caused during development. But offsets will be measured in terms of tradeable biodiversity ‘units’ using a standard scoring metric.

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