Webinar Presentation to BBOP Community of Practice: Large scale biodiversity offsetting - lessons learned from the Bothnia line project in Sweden, offsetting for the impact on migratory birds in an active delta landscape.
In recent years, compensation for negative impacts on the natural environment and biodiversity offsetting have gained increasing attention both within the EU and nationally in Sweden. In 2016, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) issued a guide focusing on the legal aspects of ecological and environmental compensation, within the framework of the Swedish Environmental Code (see BBOP webinar: 8 June 2016). However, there is also a great need for guidance on the practical implementation of environmental compensation and biodiversity offsetting in Sweden.
This webinar will present the main conclusions from an investigation of the practical experiences gained from the largest biodiversity offsetting project so far in Sweden, offsetting the impact of the state owned Bothnia railway though the active delta and agricultural landscape in the mouth of the Ume River. This is one of the most important areas for migratory birds in northern Sweden. The study covered a variety of perspectives (ecology, law, technology, economics and cooperation and dialogue) and was based mainly on interviews with a selection of involved actors, representing all of the organisations and stakeholders involved.
The investigation was commissioned by the Swedish EPA as a basis for future practical guidance on biodiversity offsetting, and will be presented by Åsa Granberg from Enetjӓrn Natur, the main investigator.