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Can we offset biodiversity losses?

green n golden bell frogtheconversationThis Green and Golden Bell Frog is one of the few species to be successfully protected using offsets. Flickr/eyeweed

article by Megan Evans and Martine Maron

Clive Palmer's China First Coal Project is entering the last stages of review for its proposed coal mine in Queensland's Bimblebox Nature Refuge. As part of the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), the proposal suggests protecting about two hectares of remnant bush for every one hectare of the nature refuge that is affected by the mine. That sounds like we're getting two for one – but biodiversity offsets aren't that simple.

also in the Brisbane Times