Natural England queries offsets

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

UK wetlands would be difficult to re-create. Credit: Karen RoeA 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.

Biodiversity offsets will be nature improvements provided in compensation for damage caused during development. But offsets will be measured in terms of tradable biodiversity ‘units’ using a standard scoring metric.

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