Biodiversity Assessment

Tony Hastings, Environmental Consultant, is currently completing Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) accreditation, and expects to be accredited in July.

At this stage, I can offer to quote, complete the background assessment, complete the field work and have the report ready to sign as soon as accreditation is gained.

Under NSW laws, the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017, a BAM accredited consultant is required to:

a. identify the biodiversity values on land proposed for:
i. development that requires consent under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act)
ii. an activity that requires approval under Part 5, Division 5.1 of the EP&A Act (where the proponent has opted-in to the Biodiversity Offset Scheme)
iii. development that requires approval under Part 5, Division 5.2, of the EP&A Act
iv. clearing that requires approval under Part 5A of the Local Land Services Act 2013 (LLS Act); or a permit under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017 (Vegetation SEPP)
v. biodiversity certification and the biodiversity certification assessment area in the case of an application for biodiversity certification under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act)
vi. a biodiversity stewardship site in the case of an application for a biodiversity stewardship agreement under the BC Act
b. determine the impacts of a proposal on terrestrial biodiversity values
c. assess whether a proposal will have any additional (prescribed) biodiversity impacts
d. demonstrate how to avoid, minimise and/or mitigate impacts on biodiversity values
e. quantify and describe the biodiversity credits needed to offset the residual impacts of a proposal on biodiversity values
f. quantify and describe the biodiversity credits that can be created at a biodiversity stewardship site from management actions at the site to improve biodiversity values.