Fern agrees with the European Commission that there is a need for the EU to help tackle biodiversity loss.
We were concerned however, that ‘biodiversity offsetting’ was being considered to help tackle the problem. Biodiversity offsetting relies on the premise that biodiversity lost in one place can be replaced in another, achieving ‘no net loss’.
This proposal was based on flawed assumptions. Biodiversity is not an item on a shop shelf: offsetting ignores how unique and interconnected biodiversity is and overlooks the importance of nature for local communities who are negatively impacted when local wildlife is damaged. Most importantly, rules about how to use land should be based on what communities want, not whether a company can pay for an offset. The proposed introduction of biodiversity offsetting was a paradigm shift for environmental law in the EU, and Fern therefore worked hard to make sure it was stopped.
Fern supported organisations documenting and exposing the effects of biodiversity offsets on nature and communities.
We brought case studies to the attention of EU decision makers working on biodiversity related legislation and proposed ideas for how the EU could better halt biodiversity loss. We are proud of the success of this campaign which we believe has led to the protection of countless areas of high biodiversity for future generations.
Biodiversity Offsetting related resources
Virgin Atlantic: A small victory in a bigger battle
Controversy has long plagued the Oddar Meanchey carbon offset project in Cambodia.Solid evidence has been in the public domain for years that forests supposed to be protected by the project—which has been backed by the United...
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.
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...
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...