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Biodiversity offsetting: NGO Statements

Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik about biodiversity offsetting

This letter from a group of concerned organisations and individuals who believe that legislation on biodiversity offsetting being considered by the European Commission would harm nature and people, and would give power to those who destroy nature for private profit. The signatories ask for all plans on offsetting to be dropped. To see the European Commission response please click here.

Public Consultation on the future EU Initiative on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

FERN's submission to the consultation on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services explains why the initiative should not be introduced. To see a short film outlining the problems with offsetting visit: www.fern.org/dreams.

NGO statement against biodiversity offsetting

Around the world, ecosystems and the communities that depend on them are harmed by large infrastructure projects, extractive industries and new financial markets. To facilitate these activities, public and private entities are promoting new schemes to allow their environmental impacts to be ‘offset’. This could lead to an increase in damage, but even more concerning is that it commodifies nature. This NGO statement against biodiversity offsetting is also available at http://no-biodiversity-offsets.makenoise.org/ 

FERN’s response to ‘Biodiversity Offsetting in England’ Green Paper

FERN's submission to the UK consultation on biodiversity offsetting explains why such offsetting should not be introduced in the UK. FERN is concerned that other than the first question, the implicit assumption was that offsetting should go ahead. This goes against the spirit of a genuine public consultation where all options are open. We urge the government not to rule out the option of deciding not to proceed, as ruling it out would not be in accordance with a genuine consultative process.

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Banking Nature: will putting a price on nature protect it?

On 23 June, the European Parliament hosted a screening of the documentary Banking Nature, which questions the role that markets play in protecting biodiversity, followed by a debate about the role the EU should play in supporting innovative financial mechanisms for biodiversity protection.

Beyond biodiversity offsetting; trading away community rights in Gabon

This is the fourth in a series of briefing notes outlining concerns and considerations related to global proposals to offset biodiversity loss. This briefing note analyses a dangerous new proposal being discussed in Gabon for a new Sustainable Development Law (SDL) which goes even further than biodiversity offset schemes outlined so far.

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European Commission’s biodiversity offset report shows it is deaf to the concerns of EU citizens

This press release raises concern about a new European Commission report on biodiversity offsetting which was commissioned before the conclusion of the Commission consultation on No Net Loss.

Open letter to Commissioner Potočnik about biodiversity offsetting

This letter from a group of concerned organisations and individuals who believe that legislation on biodiversity offsetting being considered by the European Commission would harm nature and people, and would give power to those who destroy nature for private profit. The signatories ask for all plans on offsetting to be dropped.

Public Consultation on the future EU Initiative on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

FERN's submission to the consultation on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services explains why the initiative should not be introduced. To see a short film outlining the problems with offsetting visit: www.fern.org/dreams.

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