Metric 3.0: Why DEFRA is taking flak over the latest version of its biodiversity tool

The publication of the latest biodiversity metric was seen by policymakers as a milestone moment, but it soon came in for severe criticism, with one expert describing it as ‘the single most dangerous thing to be done by a statutory agency I’ve seen in all my 40 years working in nature conservation’. James Fair investigates

by James Fair
Sizewell: EDF Energy says the development of its proposed Sizewell C nuclear reactor will lead to a 19% biodiversity net gain. Photograph: Education Images/Getty Images
Sizewell: EDF Energy says the development of its proposed Sizewell C nuclear reactor will lead to a 19% biodiversity net gain. Photograph: Education Images/Getty Images

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