Taming a wicked problem: Resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting

Maron, M, Ives, C, Kujalah, H, Bull, J, Maseyk, F, Bekessy, S, Gordon, A, Watson, J, Lentini, P, Gibbons, P, Possingham, H, Hobbs, R, Keith, D, Wintle, B and Evans, M 2016, 'Taming a wicked problem: Resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting', Bioscience, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 489-498.


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Title Taming a wicked problem: Resolving controversies in biodiversity offsetting
Author(s) Maron, M
Ives, C
Kujalah, H
Bull, J
Maseyk, F
Bekessy, S
Gordon, A
Watson, J
Lentini, P
Gibbons, P
Possingham, H
Hobbs, R
Keith, D
Wintle, B
Evans, M
Year 2016
Journal name Bioscience
Volume number 66
Issue number 6
Start page 489
End page 498
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
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 as good, as 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 theunscrutinized 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.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Environmental Management
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Keyword(s) biodiversity offsets
conservation policy
environmental ethics
environmental governance
no net loss
DOI - identifier 10.1093/biosci/biw038
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2016
ISSN 0006-3568
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