UK Government must raise ambition for nature positive development say The Wildlife Trusts -

From Monday 12th February, a new era for nature positive development begins when Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) will be mandatory for major developments in England; it will apply to minor sites in England from April this year. The new guidance means that wildlife habitat must be left in a better state than it was before a development took place.

The Wildlife Trusts have been influencing the evolution of Biodiversity Net Gain for well over a decade – and want to see high standards set for its delivery. There is a nature crisis in the UK – one in six species are at risk of extinction and the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. Done well, Biodiversity Net Gain could make a positive contribution towards nature’s recovery and help address the climate emergency in the process.

However, The Wildlife Trusts are concerned that Biodiversity Net Gain is not currently on track to play its part in addressing the severity of the continuing nature crisis – and that current ambition is set too low. In a new briefing published today, The Wildlife Trusts outline a series of measures to raise that ambition

The Wildlife Trusts' briefing, A new era for nature positive development: Biodiversity Net Gain and The Wildlife Trusts, includes good examples of nature-positive developments (approved and delivered prior to the Defra metric and formal application of Biodiversity Net Gain legislation) that involve individual Wildlife Trusts in some way.

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Posted On: 09/02/2024

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