What is biodiversity offsetting and why is it problematic?

January 16, 2014

Biodiversity is essential to the health of people and the planet and yet European Union (EU) targets to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010 have been missed. In an attempt to remedy the situation, the EU is reworking its biodiversity strategy and biodiversity offsetting is expected to play a key role in it. This briefing outlines what biodiversity offsetting is and why it likely to cause more problems than it solves.

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