The Nature Conservancy released a new report establishing principles to improve mitigation policy and practice — "Achieving Conservation and Development: 10 Principles for Applying the Mitigation Hierarchy”.

Improving mitigation policy and practice – how we avoid, minimize, and offset environmental impacts to lands and waters – is one of the best opportunities for achieving sustainable development and conservation goals. This will be essential as we face a major global challenge: how to meet the demand for energy, food, water, minerals, and infrastructure of a growing population with expanding consumption levels and ensure the health of lands and waters for future generations. While investments to meet this demand will help fuel economic growth, improve quality of life, and lift people out of poverty, they can also bring large, negative environmental impacts. As these impacts expand to new frontiers, governments, companies, and concerned communities are increasingly taking action to improve mitigation policy and practice.

by Bruce McKenney & Jessica Wilkinson | Development by Design Program, The Nature ConservancyApril 2015

The Nature Conservancy's new report is now available in English on

Tags: Ecosystem valuation | Biodiversity Management | Land consumption

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