I do a couple of lectures in Barb Downes’ subject Environmental Impact Assessment. Notes from the 2014 lectures are here: Mitigation2014_HO.
Some links to relevant articles and reports:
A paper on the appropriate structure of biodiversity banks: “The biodiversity bank cannot be a lending bank“.
A piece in The Conversation asking “Can we offset biodiversity losses?”
And the Environmental Defenders Office has released a report calling for reform to native vegetation offsetting policy.
A new paper reviewing offsets claims “biodiversity offset schemes have been inconsistent in meeting conservation objectives because of the challenge of ensuring full compliance and effective monitoring and because of conceptual flaws in the approach itself”.
Some ideas about developing indices for measuring biodiversity for the purposes of mitigation are here.
More information about strategic impact assessments is here.