The introduction of mandatory requirements for developers and landowners to create at least 10% biodiversity net gain (BNG) comes into force in November 2023. Stakeholders including landowners, ecologists, environmental professionals, and local authorities are looking for good practice guidance. Biodiversity Net Gain – Good Practice Insights provides case studies of putting BNG into action as well as attempting to answer commonly asked questions.
The paper builds on three webinars hosted earlier in 2023 and is similarly divided into three sections:
- BNG Baseline and Design
- BNG Implementation and Stakeholder Engagement, and
- BNG Management and Monitoring.
Projects include rebuilding Headbolt Lane railway station, a nature network for local authorities, an urban extension of 1200 homes, and helping landowners unlock underused land.
Each section comes with an attempt to answer some key questions around BNG development including:
- should I do a phase 1 habitat survey?
- when are the key times to get an ecologist involved?
- and when does the 30-year commitment begin?
It talks about challenges such as securing development early, as well as outcomes such as successful hand-over, alongside tips and tricks for actions to achieve BNG.
This paper provides an excellent, systematically laid-out overview of the many aspects of practice in attaining BNG. It aims to provide improved understanding alongside inspiration to support professionals to get started and feel confident in developing their BNG activities.
Biodiversity Net Gain – Good Practice Insights is available to members as an interactive document or as a page-by-page PDF here.
Non-IEMA members can purchase this toolkit here, under 'Biodiversity Net Gain'.
Wwatch the webinars again on our Watch Again site.
You can join IEMA’s BANC Network by contacting: [email protected]
Posted on 5th July 2023
Written by Lesley Wilson
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