Biodiversity offsets must be local: Paterson

Compensatory nature improvements should be reasonably close to the damage they are offsetting, the environment secretary told MPs.

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has said biodiversity offsets for damage to nature during development must “emphatically” remain within England and should be “reasonably close” to the site of impacts.

Biodiversity offsets are measurable nature improvements provided in compensation for damage caused by development. Location is a key question in the ongoing DEFRA consultation on rolling out offsets across England.

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