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We asked landholders how they feel about biodiversity offsets — and the NSW government has a lot to learn

By Roel Plant, Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Laure-Elise Ruoso, Senior Research Consultant, University of Technology Sydney
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When land is cleared to make room for urban growth, infrastructure, mining, and so on, developers are often required to “offset” their environmental damage by improving biodiversity elsewhere. This could mean, for example, planting trees along a river, or building shelters for animals that lost their habitats.

In New South Wales, one mechanism to fulfil this requirement is the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme, and a NSW parliamentary inquiry into this scheme is currently…

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