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Can biodiversity offsetting reduce environmental loss from urbanization?

Biodiversity offsetting is used by planning authorities and developers to prevent biodiversity loss.  In simple terms, destroying ancient woodlands, wildlife and vital habitats in one location is mitigated by recreating the scene elsewhere. This practice has been used in Canada and the United States for decades; however, it’s currently being introduced to the UK and other parts of Europe as a means to offset environmental loss due to the demanding need of land to overcome housing shortages.  It is also being considered in some Latin American countries and South Africa. However, with the growing population and increasing demand for land for urban development and agriculture, will biodiversity offsetting be able to meet this need without loss to the environment?

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