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No Net Loss: Overview

  • Mark Everard
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Abstract

The concept of No Net Loss relates to the principle under which counties, agencies, and governments strive to balance unavoidable habitat, environmental and resource losses, with replacement of those items on a project-by-project basis so that further reductions to resources may be prevented. No Net Loss is a bold and attractive proposition, which is gaining traction in addressing wetland and other environmental management challenges globally. However, its practical implementation is fraught with difficulties and the potential for derailment by vested interests. More robust and operationally applicable methods are required to assess the diversity of functions and socially valuable services provided by wetlands if their net contributions to society are to be fully assessed and factored into decision-making about the avoidance, mitigation, or compensation of wetland loss.

Keywords

No net loss Natura 2000 Environmental Liability Partnership Biodiversity loss EU Biodiversity strategy Swampbuster Avoid-mitigate-compensate 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Water Security Network, University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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