Biodiversity offsetting proves divisive

Interest groups are deeply divided on the role of biodiversity offsetting in the EU’s strategy for hitting its 2020 nature protection targets, responses to a consultation show

Interest groups are deeply divided on the role of biodiversity offsetting in the EU’s strategy for hitting its 2020 nature protection targets, responses to a consultation show.

The consultation sought stakeholder views on the no net loss (NNL) initiative.

Electricity lobby Eurelectric responded that allowing developers to compensate for biodiversity loss is a necessary step because it is often impossible to avoid all residual impacts. It also called for flexibility, arguing that in some cases compensating for loss makes more sense than trying to avoid degradation at all cost.

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