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Matthew Oates, National Trust

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Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist

Comment: ‘Biodiversity Accounting’ – a tool for transparency or for dumbing down?

By - Dominic Woodfield

Biodiversity Accounting has been widely adopted by agencies and planning authorities as a means of mitigating the effects of development on biodiversity, but it has been criticised owing to the ease with which it can be misused. Dominic Woodfield explains some of the problems with biodiversity accounting and argues that it cannot be relied upon when assessing planning proposals.

Once upon a time, Defra had an idea. Developers could ‘offset’ damage to wildlife through a system of accounting for impacts and then turning these into credits that could be traded or purchased to deliver an equivalent measure of biodiversity elsewhere (Defra 2012). They called it ‘biodiversity offsetting’.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist