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The global extent of biodiversity offset implementation under no net loss policies

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The global extent of biodiversity offset implementation under no net loss policies. / Bull, Joseph William; Strange, Niels.

In: Nature Sustainability, Vol. 1, No. 12, 11.2018, p. 790-798.

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Bull, JW & Strange, N 2018, 'The global extent of biodiversity offset implementation under no net loss policies' Nature Sustainability, vol. 1, no. 12, pp. 790-798. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0176-z

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Bull, J. W., & Strange, N. (2018). The global extent of biodiversity offset implementation under no net loss policies. Nature Sustainability, 1(12), 790-798. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0176-z

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Bull JW, Strange N. The global extent of biodiversity offset implementation under no net loss policies. Nature Sustainability. 2018 Nov;1(12):790-798. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0176-z

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Bull, Joseph William ; Strange, Niels. / The global extent of biodiversity offset implementation under no net loss policies. In: Nature Sustainability. 2018 ; Vol. 1, No. 12. pp. 790-798.

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