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Natural anxiety: The challenge of biodiversity net gain to planners

Words: Matt Moody

The forthcoming environment bill will enshrine in law the concept of biodiversity net gain – but while the principle is widely supported, there are concerns about its implementation, as Matt Moody finds out. 

In May 2019, a report published by the UN declared that human activity is causing an unprecedented decline in biodiversity, with more than a million species across the planet threatened with extinction.

In the UK, a legal requirement mooted for nearly a decade will soon come into force to help to tackle the problem: new developments will need to improve a site’s biodiversity value by at.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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