Biodiversity Net Gain & Wellbeing: Is a Win Win Possible?


Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is transforming how we design and build development, with the UK’s Good Practice Principles providing an approach for development to generate long-term, measurable and meaningful benefits for biodiversity (CIEEM, CIRIA, IEMA, 2016). But while we are making progress towards this goal, it is important to remain mindful of the connection between nature and people’s wellbeing. Existing policies should enable BNG to benefit people, and ensure that potential detrimental impacts on people from BNG are addressed. However, for social impacts of BNG to be properly considered, this should be in a holistic way that fully understands and addresses how people’s wellbeing is affected. But is BNG and wellbeing a Win-Win? Or would trade-offs lessen the biodiversity ambition and necessitate keeping these policy goals separate?


In this webinar, we present the results of a scoping survey to determine if, and how, wellbeing should be incorporated more directly into the UK industry’s good practice approach to BNG. We also sought to understand the challenges, issues and risks of incorporating wellbeing and how these might be overcome. Our speakers are:

Sally Hayns, CIEEM
EJ Milner-Gulland, University of Oxford
Kerry ten Kate, Independent Consultant
Joe Bull, Wild Business
Julia Baker, Balfour Beatty

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all


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Non Member Ticket 1 Free