Using offsets to mitigate environmental impacts of major projects: a stakeholder analysis

Martin, Nigel, Evans, Megan, Rice, John, Lodhia, Sumit and Gibbons, Philip (2016) Using offsets to mitigate environmental impacts of major projects: a stakeholder analysis. Journal of Environmental Management, 179 58-65. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.04.054

Author Martin, Nigel
Evans, Megan
Rice, John
Lodhia, Sumit
Gibbons, Philip
Title Using offsets to mitigate environmental impacts of major projects: a stakeholder analysis
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 2016-09-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.04.054
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 179
Start page 58
End page 65
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Global patterns of development suggest that as more projects are initiated, business will need to find acceptable measures to conserve biodiversity. The application of environmental offsets allows firms to combine their economic interests with the environment and society. This article presents the results of a multi-stakeholder analysis related to the design of offsets principles, policies, and regulatory processes, using a large infrastructure projects context. The results indicate that business was primarily interested in using direct offsets and other compensatory measures, known internationally as indirect offsets, to acquit their environmental management obligations. In contrast, the environmental sector argued that highly principled and scientifically robust offsets programs should be implemented and maintained for enduring environmental protection. Stakeholder consensus stressed the importance of offsets registers with commensurate monitoring and enforcement. Our findings provide instructive insights into the countervailing views of offsets policy stakeholders.
Keyword Biodiversity
Development projects
Environmental offsets
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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