Biodiversity Offsets

European Perspectives on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

  • Wolfgang Wende
  • Graham - M. Tucker
  • Fabien Quétier
  • Matt Rayment
  • Marianne Darbi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Wolfgang Wende, Graham Tucker, Fabien Quétier, Matt Rayment, Marianne Darbi
    Pages 1-3
  3. Wolfgang Wende, Lucie Bezombes, Marie-Eve Reinert
    Pages 5-15
  4. Kerry ten Kate, Amrei von Hase, Patrick Maguire
    Pages 17-26
  5. Martina Artmann
    Pages 27-53
  6. Valérie Dupont, Hendrik Schoukens, Charles-Hubert Born
    Pages 55-89
  7. Adéla Boučková, Juliane Albrecht
    Pages 91-98
  8. Anne-Charlotte Vaissière, Fabien Quétier, Adeline Bas, Coralie Calvet, Stéphanie Gaucherand, Julien Hay et al.
    Pages 99-121
  9. Wolfgang Wende, Juliane Albrecht, Marianne Darbi, Matthias Herbert, Anja May, Jochen Schumacher et al.
    Pages 123-156
  10. Vytaute Bacianskaite
    Pages 157-172
  11. David Álvarez García, Marianne Darbi, Wolfgang Wende
    Pages 173-190
  12. Astrid J. A. van Teeffelen
    Pages 191-209
  13. Jonathan Baker, Liza Papadopoulou, William Sheate
    Pages 211-239
  14. Wolfgang Wende
    Pages 241-244
  15. Graham Tucker, Marianne Darbi, Wolfgang Wende, Fabien Quétier, Matt Rayment
    Pages 245-252

About this book


This book deals with the new concept of biodiversity offsets. The aim of offsetting schemes is to achieve no let loss or even net gain of biodiversity. Offsets obey a mitigation hierarchy and reflect the precautionary and polluter-pays principle in regard to project impacts.

Readers gain insights into current debates on biodiversity policies, with top experts outlining theoretical principles and the latest research findings. At the same time the focus is on practical application and case studies. Today there is a lively international discussion among practitioners and scientists on the optimal legal framework, metrics and design of habitat banks to ensure the success of biodiversity offsets and to minimise the risks of failure or misuse. Contributing to the debate, this volume presents the activities and practices of biodiversity offsetting already implemented in Europe in selected EU member states, and the lessons that can be learnt from them. Readers may be surprised at how much experience already exists in these countries. A further aim of the book is to offer grounded insights on the road ahead, and foster a more intensive and fruitful discussion on how offsetting can be extended and improved upon, so that it becomes a key and effective component of Europe’s biodiversity conservation policy framework.


European Biodiversity Mitigation Biodiversity Offset Concept Offsetting Principle Biodiversity Policy European case studies Offsetting Implementation

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Wende
    • 1
  • Graham - M. Tucker
    • 2
  • Fabien Quétier
    • 3
  • Matt Rayment
    • 4
  • Marianne Darbi
    • 5
  1. 1.Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development and TU DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Institute for European Environmental PolicyLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.BIOTOPEMèzeFrance
  4. 4.ConsultantLondonUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Helmholtz Centre for Environmental ResearchLeipzigGermany

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