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Biodiversity offsetting as a tool in the environmental work

The project is a follow-up project on seven research projects within biodiversity offsets, financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.

Pond in front of building. Photograph.
Pond in front of building. Photograph.

About the project

This project is a follow-up project on seven research projects financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. The purpose with the seven research projects was to contribute with more knowledge about biological offsets.

This project includes a summary of the conclusions from the earlier projects, a synthesis of results and conclusions from the projects organized in a number of chosen themes. The themes are picked based on the knowledge areas of biological offsets that was covered in the individual projects and on the policy needs that the Swedish EPA and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management have identified.


The purpose of the project is to:

  • Make a summary analysis and synthesis of the knowledge about biological offsets that has emerged from the seven projects.
  • Based on the results from the completed projects, analyze what further research that is needed within the area.
  • Communicate results and conclusions from the follow-up project in a report


This follow-up project aims to communicate the collective results of the projects financed under the 2018-Biodiversity offsets call further and to reflect on gaps for future consideration, such as how to develop an applicable instrument for biodiversity offsets.


The project is carried out through periods of writing combined with reoccurring web-based meetings and workshops within the project group where synthesis work issues and contributions made by the project participants are discussed, and the further writing is planned. The project group includes all project managers from the earlier projects, and they will be involved in the entire writing process and assigned tasks.

The project management is responsible for the project coordination, the writing, and the compilation of the synthesis report. Meetings with the reference group is held in the beginning and in the end of the project period, where the first is focused on discussing the planned layout and the thematic questions while the other is focused on discussing a draft for the synthesis report.

The project ends with a seminar where the conclusions from the synthesis report is presented.

Biodiversity offsets

In Sweden, biodiversity offsets are implemented either based on the Environmental Code or through voluntary commitments, usually in relation to physical planning. The measures regulated by law focuses on biodiversity while the voluntary measures also focus on the conservation of ecosystem services.

Contact information and participators

Project manager:

K. Ingemar Jönsson

Project participants:

Lina Widenfalk (co-leader)

Katarina Elofsson

Mikael Karlsson

Helena Hanson

Johanna Alkan Olsson

Lena Bergström

Erik Öckinger

Contact information:

johanna [dot] alkan_olsson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

helena [dot] hanson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Project information

Start year: 2021

End year: 2022

Financer: The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency