What are biodiversity offsets?
Most people are familiar with Carbon Offsets, but what are biodiversity offsets? Biodiversity Offsetting refers to a measure or measures that seek to offset the adverse impact of a development on native vegetation.
Biodiversity offsets attempt to create ‘like for like’ areas that feature the same, or similar vegetation and habitat to the land that has been cleared.
The NSW Government requires that a development application first avoids any impact altogether. In circumstances where impacts cannot be avoided, the development must seek to MITIGATE them. If mitigation isn’t possible, biodiversity offsets are considered as a last resort.
For more information on how the NSW Government assesses and considers biodiversity offsets please visit their website.
Biodiversity offsets and the NCT
When a public or private organisation has to meet a biodiversity offset requirement/obligation to satisfy a development consent, the NCT has the statutory authority to establish conservation covenants on private land. Under these conservation covenants [stipulate that?] the area offsetting the development site is:
- permanently protected
- improved by deploying conservation measures
- managed in perpetuity.
Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) does not assess developments or determine an organisation’s biodiversity offset requirement.
Biodiversity offset programs: our success stories
We worked closely with the Roads & Maritime Service in southern NSW on a major biodiversity offset program [that resulted in what – insert achievement here]. We’re currently involved in a major offset project in northern NSW.
For more information on the RMS Hume Highway Project.
Learn more about how the NCT works on Biodiversity Offsets.