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Defra launches consultation on biodiversity net gain

Defra launches consultation on biodiversity net gain

03 Dec 2018

Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, has launched a consultation on proposals to implement a mandatory biodiversity net gain approach to development.

Biodiversity net gain is an approach which aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than beforehand, by enhancing habitats for wildlife. This consultation proposes a mandatory requirement for developers to demonstrate they are achieving biodiversity net gain. 

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said:

"Our commitment to protecting and enhancing our natural world can go hand in hand with our ambition to build more high quality homes. Mandating biodiversity net gain puts the environment at the heart of planning and development. This will not only create better places for people to live and work, but ensure we leave our environment in a better state for future generations."

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also stated this is the first step in working towards the achievement of wider environmental net gain as laid out in the 25 Year Environment Plan

CIEEM has championed the biodiversity net gain approach, having jointly published the first UK Biodiversity Net Gain Principles with the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) and the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). We are also working on biodiversity net gain guidance for developers. 

If you would like to input into our response for this consultation, please contact Jason at jasonreeves@cieem.net . Please note this consultation applies to England only. 

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