EVALUATION OF THE BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING PILOT PHASE
CEP with the Institute of European Environmental Planning (IEEP) were commissioned by Defra (Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs) to undertake a two-year (2012-2014) evaluation of the six biodiversity offsetting pilots and complementary projects.
The evaluation considered how biodiversity offsetting can:
- Help to use resources more effectively to deliver greater benefits for biodiversity.
- Streamline the process of agreeing compensation for biodiversity loss as required by planning policy, in a cost effective way.
The project involved detailed qualitative research, with a diversity of partners and stakeholders, into the planning system and its current and potential consideration of biodiversity. The project also included research looking at the existing costs of biodiversity compensation within the English planning system (this informed the counterfactual for the evaluation) and a review of the German approach to biodiversity offsetting.