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Commonwealth and State Biodiversity Offsets

The Commonwealth and State Governments and have adopted biodiversity offsets policies that outline the requirements for biodiversity offsets to compensate for the residual adverse impacts of an action on listed vegetation communities, habitats and species. Determining biodiversity offset requirements and identifying appropriate biodiversity offset areas requires the collection of specific ecological monitoring data best collected by experienced ecologists.We build tailored habitat management plans Management plans methods may be extremely simple (e.g. don’t change a thing) to particularly complex (e.g. relying on the coordination of a range of experts and resources) to anything in between. There are certainly no one-size-fits-all solutions, the solutions being as varied as the habitats themselves. BAAM has the capability and experience to apply spatial data analysis techniques to the broad scale identification of appropriate biodiveristy offset areas that meet the requirements for Commonwealth and State biodiversity offsets. BAAM also specialises in assessing, measuring and reporting the essential features used to characterise habitats for determining the “ecological equivalence” of the habitat to be disturbed and the proposed biodiversity offset area. In Queensland, ecological equivalence is measured and reported using the Biocondition assessment framework for terrestrial ecosystems (Eyre et al. 2011). The success or otherwise of established biodiversity offsets needs to be monitored to inform management actions and these results are reported to the regulators. BAAM specialises in ecological monitoring, including design of the monitoring program, data collection, data analyses, management recommendations and reporting. BAAM staff have formal Biocondition assessment training and have applied the framework to a number of projects for biodiversity offsets. Contact Us today we have the right ecological consultants for your project.