Our view on biodiversity offsetting

Barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus)

We believe biodiversity offsetting, done properly, could help avoid the net loss of biodiversity so often brought about by development, and should be designed to deliver net gains for wildlife.

Biodiversity offsetting is compensation for habitats and species lost to development, with the creation of habitat in another area.

An appropriate, transparent and carefully tested framework is needed to make sure any impacts of development on wildlife are taken properly into account and compensation is agreed in a consistent way.

Formal offsetting arrangements should not be seen as a way to fast-track development. Any framework would need to ensure that developers take all possible measures to avoid, and then mitigate potential impacts, before offsetting is even contemplated.