Karin Edvardsson Björnberg & Mikael Karlsson: Ethical aspects of biodiversity offsetting

Last changed: 27 February 2024

karin Edvardsson BjörnbergKarin Edvardsson Björnberg is associate professor of environmental philosophy at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Her main research interests are in environmental ethics, public policy and environmental law, with a specific focus on rationality in environmental goal-setting.


Mikael Karlsson is associate professor of environmental science at KTH. He specializes in environmental policy analysis, with a specific focus on the science-policy interface. 


Biodiversity offsetting is generating increased attention as a possibility for off-setting or compensating for biodiversity losses following social planning. The overall goal of off-setting is usually to achieve a no-net-loss of biodiversity. In this presentation Karin Edvardsson Björnberg and Mikael Karlsson, both from the Philosophy unit at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, will present the on-going research project "Ethics in Biodiversity Off-setting: Legal Responsibility and Social Equity", financed by the Swedish EPA. The project aims to produce knowledge that can be used to improve the Swedish system of biodiversity offsetting so that it is not only ecologically relevant, legally feasible, and economically cost-efficient, but ethically justified and acceptable from a social equity viewpoint.

The seminar is free, and no preparations are required.