Recently I found a post on Hot Air (A Client Earth blog) which asks: Does biodiversity offsetting make nature a commodity? In her article Agata Szafraniuk comments on the EU No Net Loss Initiative and gives some conclusions from the related public consultation. Read more here and see some of her conclusions below (needless to say that here line of reasoning is mostly opposed to biodiversity offsets).
Shift of the European Commission’s perspective?
It remains unclear what form the NNL initiative is going to take. If biodiversity offsetting is included, it might be mandatory or voluntary.
But as we can see, the results of the public consultation shows that mandatory offsetting did not get approval from the majority.
There are now rumours that because of the public consultation results, the ‘mandatory’ options are no longer on the table in Brussels deliberations. This is surprising given the current EU political landscape and the past efforts from the Commission to convince business and civil society alike that the mandatory option would be the best. However, if true, this shift could be seen as a reaction to the concerns raised in the public consultation.
Is this a ray of light among the dark clouds? Wouldn’t this be a promising example of citizens influencing EU policy?
In the next month we will see how true these rumours are, and learn more about what shape the NNL initiative will take.