Title: Offsetting Biodiversity: Greening or Greenwashing?
Publication type: open access article
Offsets could have an important place in the conservation toolbox, but only with scrupulously designed policy to avoid giving nations – especially wealthy ones – a way to avoid funding previous commitments to protect biodiversity.
The emergence of biodiversity offsets as a mainstream conservation tool means that a focus on conservation ‘wins’ – without considering the losses – is riskier than ever. Offsetting unavoidable damage from development is an essential part of efforts to stem the biodiversity crisis. But the role offsets play in our conservation policy mix must be carefully scrutinized to avoid perverse outcomes for biodiversity.