Biodiversity offsets won’t save British wildlife

Christian Jaccarini writes for BusinessGreen

Christian Jaccarini wrote for BusinessGreen about the new biodiversity requirement for housing developments, and why it’s a risky approach to restoring wildlife:

The idea that you can destroy osprey nests and make up for it by supporting another species elsewhere will sound like total nonsense to most people. It is an approach that takes its logic from the factory, where the production of cars or phones can be scaled up or down in response to market forces. This is not how the natural world works. Life depends on an intricate web of organisms, much of which we do not fully comprehend. In willful ignorance, the government has decided that our natural world can be sufficiently represented in a simple spreadsheet and scaled up and down as needed.”

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