Taming a wicked problem: resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting

Maron, Martine, Ives, Christopher D., Kujala, Heini, Bull, Joseph W., Maseyk, Fleur J. F., Bekessy, Sarah, Gordon, Ascelin, Watson, James E. M., Lentini, Pia E., Gibbons, Philip, Possingham, Hugh P., Hobbs, Richard J., Keith, David A., Wintle, Brendan A. and Evans, Megan C. (2016) Taming a wicked problem: resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting. Bioscience, 66 6: 489-498. doi:10.1093/biosci/biw038

Author Maron, Martine
Ives, Christopher D.
Kujala, Heini
Bull, Joseph W.
Maseyk, Fleur J. F.
Bekessy, Sarah
Gordon, Ascelin
Watson, James E. M.
Lentini, Pia E.
Gibbons, Philip
Possingham, Hugh P.
Hobbs, Richard J.
Keith, David A.
Wintle, Brendan A.
Evans, Megan C.
Title Taming a wicked problem: resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting
Journal name Bioscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3568
Publication date 2016-06-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biw038
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 66
Issue 6
Start page 489
End page 498
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cary, NC, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract The rising popularity of biodiversity offsetting as a tool for balancing biodiversity losses from development with equivalent gains elsewhere has sparked debate on many fronts. The fundamental questions are the following: Is offsetting good, bad, or at least better than the status quo for biodiversity conservation outcomes, and what do we need to know to decide? We present a concise synthesis of the most contentious issues related to biodiversity offsetting, categorized as ethical, social, technical, or governance challenges. In each case, we discuss avenues for reducing disagreement over these issues and identify those that are likely to remain unresolved. We argue that there are many risks associated with the unscrutinized expansion of offset policy. Nevertheless, governments are increasingly adopting offset policies, so working rapidly to clarify and-where possible-to resolve these issues is essential.
Keyword Biodiversity offsets
Conservation policy
Environmental ethics
Environmental governance
No net loss
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID FT140100516
Institutional Status UQ

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