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Thousands urge European Commission to ditch biodiversity offsetting

As the European Commission concludes its consultation on biodiversity offsetting, over 9000 people and 65 organisations have signed a letter urging the Commission not to pursue policy related to biodiversity offsetting (BO). They fear it would “harm nature and people, and give power to those who destroy nature for private profit.” The consultation sought views […]

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Biodiversity offsetting, making dreams come true

Biodiversity offsetting makes dreams come true. It is the license that can make bad developers’ dreams a reality. Across the world offsets already justify the destruction of irreplaceable ecosystems to make way for mining projects, motorways, pipelines … Europe is the new frontier for biodiversity offsets.The European Union is considering new legislation that permits biodiversity […]

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The Great Nature Sale (Carbon Credit 3)

Putting a price on nature is the only way to save it, we are told by banks, companies and governments. Only then we can measure its value and only what’s measurable can be protected. That is perhaps the most imperative consequence of financialisation, it allows for only one pair of glasses to look at world […]

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Offsetting is a massive threat to wildlife, warn environmental 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.[1] The conference – “To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond” on 3 and 4 June[2] –will […]

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Nature is not for sale – 2nd Forum on Natural Commons

Where and when June 2nd, 5-8pm Regent’s Park Hub, London Invitation The UK government appears hell-bent on pushing through biodiversity offsetting – which will allow wildlife and habitats to be destroyed across the country, so long as it is ‘replaced’ elsewhere. The policy is inherently flawed: biodiversity offsetting ignores the difficulties in recreating ecosystems, it […]

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Natural capital: a fairytale with an unhappy ending

The idea of putting a price on nature to protect it is gaining ground. End of November big companies, banks, governments and even the United Nations gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for the first World Forum on Natural Capital (WFNC). We were present as well. Not to join their party but to resist the idea that […]

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