Presentation by Jörgen Sundin, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency for the BBOP Community of Practice. In Sweden, the interest in biodiversity offsetting has increased greatly in the last few years. Guidelines on ecological compensation has recently been published by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), with the aim to further advance the application of ecological compensation in Sweden. The guidelines draw upon the BBOP principles on biodiversity offsetting in the interpretation of provisions on compensation in the Swedish Environmental Code. Shortly after the guidelines were published, a public inquiry with the aim of further developing biodiversity offsetting in Sweden was announced by the Swedish government.
SEPA´s new guidelines are presented and the current and future role of biodiversity offsetting as a tool to achieve environmental objectives in Sweden are discussed.