We are pleased to announce the publication of step-by-step guidance taking you through the biodiversity net gain process.
Today, we published the draft secondary legislation which provides the detail for the new biodiversity net gain (BNG) framework. There are six statutory instruments which will become law when BNG goes live in January 2024.
With the January launch date around the corner, the market for Biodiversity Net Gain offers many potential opportunities for land managers, but what steps do land managers need to take to sell to this new ecosystem service market? Katie Gowers, BNG’s metric policy lead at Defra, has put together some helpful flowcharts to guide land managers through the process, and to consider the different sale options.
LNRSs and BNG both aim to reverse the decline of biodiversity in England: but what do you need to know about how they work together? We’ve summarised how the policies will join up to support developers, landowners, and local authorities in contributing to nature recovery. This blog is also relevant to ecologists and associated advisors on both supply and demand sides of the off-site BNG market.
With BNG round the corner, we’ve put together suggested actions, to help LPAs prepare ahead of January. We've put these together based on feedback from local authorities and will make any updates directly in this blog. This list does not cover every possible action and each local area will have specific needs. It’s also worth noting that these points do not replace the legislation and guidance that we’ll be providing later this year.
Here in the Defra Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) team, we’ve likened BNG to a baby elephant! It’s big, complex and needs a herd to nurture it to adulthood. In this blog, we set out what's happened so far on the BNG journey and what you can expect next.