Addressing Development Impacts at an Ecosystem Level: The Practical Application of the Mitigation Hierarchy

The mitigation protocol (avoid, minimize, offset/compensate) is being used at an increasing number of institutions and places around the world to reduce the environmental impacts of urban, infrastructure, industrial and agricultural development. Used correctly at an ecosystem scale, the mitigation protocol can be a highly effective method of integrating human needs and sustaining ecological processes across wide areas and can mobilize money to support conservation that would not otherwise be available.

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