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Biodiversity offsets and more in the UK’s white paper on the value of nature

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

The UK government’s white paper on the “value of nature” has been published (pdf here).

Biodiversity offsets are mentioned as a good idea to be tested on a voluntary basis by local governments and developers. For the time being, there is thus no expansion of the mitigation hierarchy (of avoiding, reducing and offsetting impacts) beyond that required under the EU “birds” and “habitats” directives.

We will establish a new, voluntary approach to biodiversity offsets and test our approach in pilot areas

As well as testing offsets, the white paper also mentions the designation of nature improvement areas to be restored. This must be set against the goals mentioned in the recent European biodiversity strategy (also discussed here). The government also plans to set up an (ecological network.