Is there any empirical support for biodiversity offset policy?

  title={Is there any empirical support for biodiversity offset policy?},
  author={Michael Curran and Stefanie Hellweg and Jan Beck},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={24 4},
  • M. CurranS. HellwegJan Beck
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Biodiversity offsets are seen as a policy mechanism to balance development and conservation goals. Many offset schemes employ habitat restoration in one area to recreate biodiversity value that is destroyed elsewhere, assuming that recovery is timely and predictable. Recent research has challenged these assumptions on the grounds that restoration implies long time delays and a low certainty of success. To investigate these assertions, and to assess the strength of empirical support for offset… 

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