Journal article

A practical method for evaluating spatial biodiversity offset scenarios based on spatial conservation prioritization outputs

Atte Moilanen, Heini Kujala, Ninni Mikkonen

METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Biodiversity offsetting is a tool to balance ecological damage caused by human activity with new benefits created elsewhere. Offsetting is implemented by protecting, restoring or managing sufficiently large areas of habitat. While there are concerns about the true feasibility of offsetting, they are becoming a common policy tool world-wide. Operationally uncomplicated, quantitative approaches to spatial analysis of offsets are rare and their use is often restricted by the availability of suitable spatial data. We describe a practical method for offsets that builds upon two layers of relatively easily sourced spatial data, a balanced spatial priority ranking and a weighted range size rarity m..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Strategic Research Council established within the Academy of Finland


Funding Acknowledgements

The Strategic Research Council established within the Academy of Finland, Grant/Award Number: 312559; Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program; Finnish Ministry of the Environment