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The many meanings of No Net Loss in environmental policy

Maron, Martine, Brownlie, Susie, Bull, Joseph W. (2018) The many meanings of No Net Loss in environmental policy. Nature Sustainability, 1 . pp. 19-27. ISSN 2398-9629. (doi:10.1038/s41893-017-0007-7) (KAR id:65822)

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‘No net loss’ is a buzz phrase in environmental policy. Applied to a multitude of environmental targets such as biodiversity, wetlands and land productive capacity, no net loss (NNL) and related goals have been adopted by multiple countries and organizations, but these goals often lack clear reference scenarios: no net loss compared to what? Here, we examine policies with NNL and related goals, and identify three main forms of reference scenario. We categorize NNL policies as relating either to overarching policy goals, or to responses to specific impacts. We explore how to resolve conflicts between overarching and impact-specific NNL policies, and improve transparency about what NNL-type policies are actually designed to achieve.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1038/s41893-017-0007-7
Uncontrolled keywords: baselines; environmental offsets; compensatory conservation; conservation policy; counterfactuals; land degradation neutrality; mitigation; no net loss; reference scenarios
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Joseph Bull
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 16:36 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:52 UTC
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