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


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.


This webinar will be presented by:
- Sally Hayns CEcol MCIEEM, CEO, CIEEM -
- Eleanor Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
- Kerry ten Kate, Independent Consultant
- Dr Julia Baker CEnv CMIEEM Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Balfour Beatty
- Joseph W. Bull, Senior Lecturer, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology

Sally Hayns is Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), the leading professional body for ecologists and environmental managers in the UK and Ireland. As well as overseeing the running of the Institute she currently leads on the CIEEM’s professional standards and professional development work as well as being actively involved in policy engagement. Prior to taking on this role in 2010, she had worked for a number of environmental charities as well as spending six years with the City of London Corporation at Epping Forest.

In recent years Sally has led the Institute’s work on policy and practice in relation to biodiversity net gain, the accreditation of ecological competence to promote high standards of practice and the production of guidance to facilitate the consideration of biodiversity in the development planning process.

Eleanor’s research within conservation science is strongly interdisciplinary, based on her ethos for research to address issues identified by practitioners and be carried out collaboratively. E.J. has a particular interest in links between nature conservation and wellbeing, and in developing and applying methods for understanding, predicting, and influencing human behaviour in the context of conservation.

In 2004, Kerry established and until 2019 led the international Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP), a group of over 100 companies, government agencies, financial institutions and non-governmental organisations. BBOP developed best practice standards, methodologies and guidelines on integrating biodiversity into economic decision-making from projects to policy. Now Kerry is a Trustee of RSPB and a Board Member of Natural England.

Julia has designed and implemented Biodiversity Net Gain for a variety of infrastructure developments. Julia is also the lead author of the UK’s Good Practice Principles for BNG and runs CIEEM’s professional training courses on BNG and the Biodiversity Metric 2.0.

Joe has undertaken extensive research on BNG and biodiversity offsetting, authoring numerous publications that have advanced and greatly influenced the academic literature on BNG and development. Joe is also the Director of Wild Business; a consultancy puts conservation research into practice, particularly ‘no net loss’ biodiversity and rewilding.


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