This course provides training on designing biodiversity net gain for development projects. It is based on the UK's good practice principles for biodiversity net gain (CIEEM/IEMA/CIRIA, 2016) and the associated practical guidance (CIEEM/IEMA/CIRIA, 2019).
The course is for individuals wishing to advance their skills in biodiversity net gain. Through presentations, case studies and practicals, the course focuses on implementing biodiversity net gain (BNG) for various types, sizes and locations of development projects including small-scale to large-scale, as well as rural and urban locations. It covers BNG during ecological impact assessments (including combining qualitative and quantitative assessments) and the following project lifecycle stages:
• Feasibility and scoping: including early consideration of BNG through the mitigation hierarchy and integrating BNG within core project documents.
• Designing BNG: including habitat trading, ecological equivalency, promoting connecting, achieving additionality, offsetting losses with gains elsewhere as the final stage of the mitigation hierarchy, and designing for a BNG legacy both on-site and off-site.
The course also covers planning for key requirements to deliver BNG during construction, and good practice to evidence BNG. Please note that the course does not cover biodiversity unit calculations (or use of other biodiversity metrics) and that participants should have a minimum of a basic knowledge level of biodiversity metrics to attend this course.
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