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Habitats in UK have suffered several damages over the last decades as  the development´s process has been encouraged by political institutions. However, the UK economic growth has been disappointing over the most recent years, and that the UK government has intended to conciliate economic growth (through better development) and biodiversity protection.

The UK government has proposed  the  “biodiversity offsetting” system, which in general means that the developers planning to build infrastructure close to  natural environment will have to offset the damage made by paying an amount equal to that damage.

From my point of view, the crucial point regarding these biodiversity system has to with the developer´s incentives to reduce damages:  is it better for developer to implement new productions methods, more expensive but more environmentally friendly, or on the other hand  goes on  with the same production´s method ( less expensive) and pays a high amount to the government…

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