Environment

Biodiversity Offsets

Effective Design and Implementation

Published on December 07, 2016

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This report examines the key design and implementation features that need to be considered to ensure that biodiversity offset programmes are environmentally effective, economically efficient, and distributionally equitable. Biodiversity offsets are being increasingly used in a wide range of sectors as a mechanism to help compensate for the adverse effects caused by development projects in a variety of ecosystems. In this report, insights and lessons learned are drawn from more than 40 case studies from around the world, with an additional 3 in-depth country case studies from the United States, Germany and Mexico.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Biodiversity offsets: Overview and insights for good practice
Key design and implementation issues3 chapters available
No net loss, the mitigation hierarchy and the economics of biodiversity offsets
Institutional frameworks for biodiversity offsets
Design and implementation features of biodiversity offset programmes
Case studies4 chapters available
Compensatory mitigation and wetland banking in the United States
German Impact Mitigation Regulation in Hessen
Mexican Environmental Compensation Scheme for Land-Use Change in Forested Areas
Annex II.A1. Summary of offset features in Germany, Mexico and the United States
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