Biodiversity Offsets

Effective Design and Implementation

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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.


Institutional frameworks for biodiversity offsets

This chapter examines the institutional drivers that cause development firms to implement biodiversity offsets. Developers may undertake offsets to comply with a jurisdiction’s legislation, as a condition of project lending approval or as part of a voluntary corporate risk management strategy. The institutional frameworks that facilitate biodiversity offsets affect outcomes in each of the environmental, economic and distributional domains. The chapter concludes by contrasting the characteristic outcomes from implementing biodiversity offsets under different institutional frameworks.


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