Biodiversity offsets are conservation activities designed to give biodiversity benefits to compensate for losses, thereby ensuring that when a development damages nature and this damage cannot be avoided new, bigger or better nature sites will be created. They are different from other types of ecological compensation, as they need to show measurable outcomes that are sustained over time.
RSK has experience of advising on biodiversity offsetting and producing biodiversity offsetting reports for clients.
Biodiversity offsetting is currently being piloted in six areas in England, but local authorities and developers can request offsetting irrespective of their location. If you have a site where the retention of habitats on-site is complex for economic or practical reasons, you should be considering looking at offsetting. RSK can review the options for biodiversity offsetting on your site, undertake some basic calculations of ‘biodiversity units’ and start negotiations with the local authority.
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