The UK’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs released their "Natural Environment White Paper" today, which will guide environmental policy in the country.
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7 June 2011 | The UK’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs released their “Natural Environment White Paper” today, which will guide environmental policy in the country. Unsurprisingly the White Paper strongly aligns environmental protection and restoration with economic growth, especially considering it follows on the heels of the Natural Ecosystem Assessment, which found that the UK is consistently undervaluing its ecosystem services.
The possibility of including a biodiversity offset scheme has been thrown around recently, and sure enough it was included as an upcoming program. Like we predicted, the approach to biodiversity offsets is completely voluntary. The government is supportive of the voluntary approach as a way to involve local authorities, communities and businesses, while avoiding the kind of “burdensome regulation” that is anathema to the current government.
The offset program will be tested in a two-year test phase with Natural England providing guidance to pilot areas across the country. The program is set to start in spring of 2012.
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