ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Biodiversity offsets – an unnecessary evil? (Mike Townsend)

Abstract: The Government is consulting on biodiversity offsets to spede the planning process. The notion of biodiversity offsets might offer a reasonable solution to the vexed questions of how to compensate adequately for environmental harm resulting from development. But there are some fundamental flaws both in the concept itself and in the philosophy and accepted assumptions which underpin it.

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