Biodiversity Offsets and Ecological Equivalence Services
The Commonwealth and State Governments have adopted biodiversity offsets policies that outline the requirements for offsets to compensate for the residual adverse impacts of an action on listed vegetation communities, habitats and species.
Determining biodiversity offsets requirements and identifying appropriate offsets requires the collection of specific ecological data best collected by experienced ecologists. If loss of habitat is significant and must be offset, BAAM has the capability and experience to apply spatial data analysis techniques to the broad scale identification of appropriate biodiversity offsets that meet the requirements of the Commonwealth and State offset policies.
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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 offsets area. In Queensland, ecological equivalence is measured and reported using the “Biocondition” condition assessment framework for terrestrial ecosystems (Eyre et al. 2011). BAAM staff have formal Biocondition assessment training and have applied the framework to a number of projects.
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 analysis, management recommendations and reporting.
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