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Offsetting for a hydropower project in Costa Rica

By applying our expert understanding of the mitigation hierarchy and environmental safeguards, we helped to develop pragmatic metrics for a successful offset plan.

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Setting the benchmark with Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia: IFC PS6/EBRD PR6

In partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and local partners, TBC helped the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia towards meeting the requirements of International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Performance Requirement 6. This resulted in the first publicly available complete PS6 documentation, which has set a benchmark for other large infrastructure projects. The documentation, available in biodiversity appendices to the environmental social impact assessment, includes a Critical Habitat assessment, Net Positive Impact forecast, detailed impact and mitigation plan, and biodiversity offset strategy, and resulted in IFC and EBRD approving funding for the project.

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Shaping Shell’s approach to biodiversity risk management

TBC works closely with Shell’s Sensitive Areas team on the management of biodiversity risk at upstream operations.

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Expert advice for updating EBRD’s Performance Requirement 6

At the request of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), TBC reviewed the EBRD Environmental & Social Policy and Performance Requirement 6 and made recommendations for their revision. We benchmarked current EBRD policies against peer bank policies, made recommendations for changes to address lessons learned during implementation of the current policies, and identified emerging issues which could be addressed in revised policies.

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BG Group: Corporate biodiversity risk management

TBC helped BG Group to complete a review and gap-analysis of corporate biodiversity policy in view of current and emerging biodiversity and ecosystem service risks. We synthesised the business case, and identified areas for strengthening or streamlining the company approach to align more closely with leading industry practice.

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Managing biodiversity and ecosystem services risks on- and offshore

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Wildlife Conservation Society: Review of the Taninthayi Nature Reserve Project.

Payments from three gas pipeline operators have led to the creation and on-going management of a protected area in southern Myanmar. TBC reviewed this project to evaluate its potential as a model for mitigating the impacts of industrial development on biodiversity, and for providing sustainable financing for protected area management. The report presents an analysis of the project against IFC PS6 and the BBOP standard to highlight strengths and weaknesses of the approach and to identify recommendations for policy development.  

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Screening and planning for biodiversity risks in oil and gas projects

TBC regularly helps a number of industry leaders to screen for biodiversity risks, and to integrate those risks into early stage project planning and ESIA. Bespoke products are delivered to suit client needs, but Critical Habitat  is often chosen as a guiding framework for identifying risks.

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Developing an IFC-approved offset strategy

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NGRL, Akyem mine, Ghana: Development of a biodiversity offset to achieve NNL

TBC is supporting Newmont Golden Ridge Limited (NGRL), a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation, to develop and implement a Biodiversity Strategy that is aligned with best international practice including IFC PS6. The Biodiversity Strategy is being implemented in Ghana as a commitment related to the development of the Akyem Mine and aims to achieve no net loss (NNL) of biodiversity and net gain for areas that qualify as Critical Habitat.

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IUCN: Technical group to advise on a biodiversity offset policy

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is developing a policy on biodiversity offsets, which will provide advice to its Members. TBC was asked by IUCN to prepare an input paper for, and co-chair, a technical group which is advising on development of this policy. The input paper reviews the technical conditions necessary for positive outcomes for biodiversity offsets, building on our biodiversity offsets report for the IUCN World Congress. The technical group has produced a report which will inform a policy group within IUCN.

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Shell Majnoon development Biodiversity Action Plan and quantified impact modelling

TBC collaborated in the production of a Biodiversity Action Plan for the Majnoon field development project in southern Iraq and is now carrying out a quantified impact assessment for the project.

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IUCN: Biodiversity offsets report for IUCN World Congress

At the request of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), TBC prepared an in-depth technical resource paper to help IUCN develop its approach to biodiversity offsets. The paper analyses the conditions under which biodiversity offset approaches provide positive outcomes for biodiversity, including the conditions under which it is possible to achieve No Net Loss through the implementation of offsets. The comprehensive report is available to download.

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BirdLife, CI, IUCN & UNEP-WCMC: Review of the IBAT initiative

TBC was asked to conduct an independent review of the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) initiative by the four IBAT partners: BirdLife International, Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC). The objective of the review was to provide a respected, authoritative and independent mechanism to help plan the next four years of the initiative. TBC consulted over 100 stakeholder organisations during the review, ranging from business users to non-governmental organisations and technical experts.

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ICMM & IUCN: Biodiversity offsets report

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) jointly commissioned TBC to write an independent report on biodiversity offsets. This report presents the clearest advice available to date, based on practical experience of guiding offset strategies and implementation. It defines practical steps which practitioners in industry and the conservation sector can take to put offsets to work for conservation and to reduce risk for business.

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Government of New Zealand: Biodiversity offset policy development

At the request of the Government of New Zealand, TBC developed a global framework which establishes the burden of proof necessary to evaluate ‘offsetability’, given varying levels of: conservation concern; residual impact magnitude; offset opportunity; and feasibility of offset implementation. This work has now been published in the prestigious journal, Conservation Letters.

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Rio Tinto: Corporate biodiversity strategy

TBC worked closely with Rio Tinto and several conservation organisations in the development and implementation of the ground-breaking Rio Tinto biodiversity strategy.

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Rio Tinto Simandou, Guinea: IFC PS6 and SEIA development

A 2009 full assessment of Critical Habitat by TBC for the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Simandou mine in Guinea set a global benchmark for quality and character of Critical Habitat assessments.

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Rio Tinto QMM, Madagascar: NPI forecasting and offset cost-benefit analysis

Working closely with the QMM Environment team, TBC delivered a study for Rio Tinto Madagascar to plan biodiversity mitigation and offset requirements over the project life cycle to achieve Net Positive Impact. The study was peer reviewed by the Rio Tinto Madagascar Biodiversity Committee and a panel of experts selected by IUCN.

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Rio Tinto Simandou, Guinea: Pic de Fon Forêt Classée

TBC led the development of the community-based management plan for the Pic de Fon forêt classée, a protected area in Guinea. The work was initiated by Rio Tinto to find a stakeholder-based solution to balance iron ore mining, chimpanzee conservation and local community forest use within the same forest. The result was a new law passed by the Minister of Environment of Guinea in 2010. The plan is a model for effective collaboration between government, the private sector and local communities.

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