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Developers in England will be forced to create habitats for wildlife
England's new environmental policy, the biodiversity net gain, marked a significant milestone on February 12, ushering in a transformative approach to development with the aim of fostering ecological recovery. This pioneering policy mandates that most new developments, spanning from residential projects to large-scale infrastructure like solar farms, roads, and railways, must now ensure a 10% net gain in biodiversity, sustained for a minimum of 30 years.

The core principle underlying this policy is a departure from the traditional model of development, where wildlife habitats are often sacrificed. Instead, the focus is on ensuring that new developments actively contribute to the restoration and enhancement of biodiversity. This marks a crucial shift towards a more sustainable and ecologically conscious approach to urban and infrastructure planning.

The policy is set to be implemented gradually, starting with small sites in April 2024 and extending to nationally significant infrastructure projects in 2025. The ambition of this initiative has garnered attention globally, with Scotland and Wales contemplating the adoption of similar policies to address biodiversity challenges.



While the introduction of the biodiversity net gain policy is undoubtedly a momentous step, research conducted by academics assessing such policies has identified potential flaws and loopholes. It is imperative to address these concerns to ensure that the policy translates into tangible benefits for the environment rather than being merely a theoretical framework.

Getting the "nuts and bolts" right is crucial, as it will determine the effectiveness of the policy in delivering real ecological benefits. The challenge lies in ensuring that the gains in biodiversity are not only documented on paper but also translate into on-the-ground positive outcomes for wildlife and ecosystems. As England pioneers one of the world's most ambitious ecological compensation policies, meticulous attention to detail and continuous evaluation will be essential to make the vision of a sustainable, biodiverse future a reality.
  • Marry Smith

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    Wow!

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    • johnte ndeto

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      All efforts towards fostering ecological recovery are really welcome. This is good news for England

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      • Rotich Kim

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        This is good because our wildlife brings good biodiversity

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          Sounds like a good plan to enforce habitats and conservation areas catered for by private developers

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