Achieving Biodiversity Net Gain in ways that Enhance People’s Wellbeing

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 11:30 to 12:30

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is transforming how we finance, design, build and operate development, with the UK’s Good Practice Principles providing an approach whereby development generates long-term, measurable and meaningful benefits for biodiversity. But while the UK has made progress towards this ultimate goal, there has been little consideration of how BNG affects people’s wellbeing in either positive or harmful ways.

International principles were published to address the social impacts of BNG in depth (Bull et al. 2018). These ‘People Principles of BNG’ provide a framework for development to achieve BNG in ways that enhance people’s wellbeing. So, should the UK adopt these principles?

On one hand, adopting a wellbeing framework for BNG could be vital to “build back better” post Covid19 in a truly sustainable way. But there are questions about the validity of wellbeing assessments and whether considering wellbeing undermines the very essence of BNG: to enhance the natural environment.

Join our webinar to hear from experts about whether and how the UK’s Good Practice Principles for BNG should adopt wellbeing, and have your say: we will be hosting polls during the webinar and launching an online survey to hear your views.