chapter  13
15 Pages

Biodiversity Offsets

ByKerry ten Kate and Mira Inbar

Currently the world is witnessing an unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Some 10-30 per cent of all mammal, bird and amphibian species are threatened with extinction. A major cause of this loss is the destruction of natural habitats by developments in the agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, mining, transport and construction sectors, among others. At the same time, countries rely on these developments for economic growth and for products, services and jobs.