For years, EDO has consistently recommended that the rules for biodiversity offsetting must meet best practice and deliver genuine improvements for the environment, especially endangered plants and animals. Yet governments have continually failed to implement these recommendations, and iconic species like the koala are one step closer to extinction.

In this discussion paper, EDO takes a closer look at how flawed biodiversity offsetting schemes are putting bushfire and flood-impacted species and their habitats at risk. We set out best practice biodiversity offsetting principles, and explain how existing rules are failing to meet best practice and what implications this will have for priority unburnt areas that are critical refuges for wildlife.