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Locking in loss: Baselines of decline in Australian biodiversity offset policies

Maron, Martine; Bull, Joseph W.; Evans, Megan; Gordon, Ascelin


Biodiversity offset trades usually aim to achieve 'no net loss' of biodiversity. But the question remains: no net loss compared to what? Determining whether an offset can compensate for a given impact requires assumptions about the counterfactual scenario-that which would have happened without the offset-against which the gain at an offset site can be estimated. Where this counterfactual scenario, or 'crediting baseline', assumes a future trajectory of biodiversity decline, the intended net...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Conservation
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.05.017


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