The many meanings of no net loss in environmental policy

Maron, M, Brownlie, S, Bull, J, Evans, M, von Hase, A, Quetier, F, Watson, J and Gordon, A 2018, 'The many meanings of no net loss in environmental policy', Nature Sustainability, vol. 1, pp. 19-27.


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Title The many meanings of no net loss in environmental policy
Author(s) Maron, M
Brownlie, S
Bull, J
Evans, M
von Hase, A
Quetier, F
Watson, J
Gordon, A
Year 2018
Journal name Nature Sustainability
Volume number 1
Start page 19
End page 27
Total pages 9
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Abstract 'No net loss' is a buzz phrase in environmental policy. Applied to a multitude of environmental targets such as biodiversity, wetlands and land productive capacity, no net loss (NNL) and related goals have been adopted by multiple countries and organizations, but these goals often lack clear reference scenarios: no net loss compared to what? Here, we examine policies with NNL and related goals, and identify three main forms of reference scenario. We categorize NNL policies as relating either to overarching policy goals, or to responses to specific impacts. We explore how to resolve conflicts between overarching and impact-specific NNL policies, and improve transparency about what NNL-type policies are actually designed to achieve.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environment Policy
DOI - identifier 10.1038/s41893-017-0007-7
Copyright notice © 2018 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.
ISSN 2398-9629
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