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Biodiversity offsetting: Press Releases

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.

Offsetting is a massive threat to wildlife, warn environment groups

Biodiversity offsetting is already being used by developers to justify schemes that will cause irreversible harm to nature, warn over 15 environment groups across the world today (Monday 2 June 2014), ahead of a major biodiversity offsetting conference in London this week. Two of the groups Friends of the Earth and FERN also release new research today identifying a number of cases around the UK where offsetting is already being proposed by developers. These stories and accompanying photographs will be showcased in a public meeting in London tonight organised by environment groups from around the world. They can be found here: www.fern.org/naturenot4sale

Over 100 organisations call for an end to biodiversity offsetting plans

Edinburgh, November 21 - This press release coincides with the opening of the World Forum on Natural Capital www.naturalcapitalforum.com in Edinburgh. To highlight their concerns about the event, 140 organisations from all over the world are releasing a statement to say ‘No to biodiversity offsetting’. The statement was launched in a counter forum on Natural Commons http://naturenotforsale.org/taking place in Edinburgh at the same time.

NGO concern as UK Government releases its consultation on biodiversity offsetting

This press release was launched on the day the UK Government published a long-awaited green paper on its proposed plans to implement biodiversity offsetting. The UK has been trialling biodiversity offsetting through a series of pilots since last year, but so far they have been an abject failure - the press release explains why. To see the green paper and input into the consultation visit: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/biodiversity/biodiversity_offsetting

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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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