Agriculture and forestry
The agriculture and forestry sector is commercially important world wide, and depends directly on biodiversity and ecosystems. There are a variety of opportunities for best-practice biodiversity management in this sector. TBC supports clients to deliver practical approaches to making production systems more biodiversity-friendly, protecting important biodiversity within project sites, and securing better protection for natural areas beyond project boundaries. Examples of TBC support include significant contribution IUCN’s report No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact Approaches for Biodiversity: Exploring the potential application of these approaches in the commercial agriculture and forestry sectors.
Government and finance
TBC has almost 10 years of experience developing biodiversity offset policies for governments, industry, investors and NGOs. Our wide experience of real-world projects, in-depth understanding of both private sector, government and stakeholder perspectives, informs reliable biodiversity risk assessment. Based on our wide experience of real-world projects, we facilitate the development of biodiversity policy and guidance. We support cross-sector partnerships and capacity building at national and regional levels globally. TBC’s integrated approach allows us to interpret complex information and deliver clear, easily digestible advice. Examples of TBC support include advising the Government of New Zealand about its Biodiversity Offset policy development and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with a review and revision of its Performance Requirement 6.
The challenges of biodiversity management may be common with other projects and sectors, but the scale and spatial extent of infrastructure projects can vary enormously. We use our global experience of avoiding, minimising and mitigating impacts from roads, railways, pipelines and ports to develop specific methodology for assessing both linear infrastructure (e.g. railways) and more spatially discrete projects (e.g. port facilities).
We tailored our fragmentation analysis for Rio Tinto’s ambitious rail infrastructure in Guinea to identify high risk areas and to optimise the design of rail crossings to improve landscape connectivity. While in Mongolia, Oyu Tolgoi’s vast high and medium voltage powerlines threatened migratory birds before our mitigation options reduced collision and electrocution impacts (as well as satisfying lender requirements).
Difficult accessibility, the absence of distinct spatial boundaries, the dynamic nature of the environment and, sometimes, the reduced tangibility of impacts all add up to a challenging scenario for biodiversity management. Our marine specialists provide pragmatic support for marine projects, ensuring consistency and integration with the terrestrial elements and applying the mitigation hierarchy to avoid and minimise the challenges. We are also experts in communicating the rationale for management of marine biodiversity, supporting our clients to understand and prioritise the issues, and ultimately deliver an ecologically sustainable basis for marine development.
Mining and aggregates
We provide long-term support to our mining sector clients, delivering project-specific solutions based on scientifically sound expertise and international best-practice. Globally, there are approximately 38 companies with no net loss-type commitments, of which 15 are from the mining and aggregates sectors (see our Industry Briefing Note exploring Private Sector No Net Loss Commitments for more information). TBC recognises the need for pragmatic support in this sector to achieve these commitments, and to implement a leading-practice approach to biodiversity management. To read our peer-reviewed paper “A review of corporate goals of No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity” contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples of TBC support to the management of biodiversity in mining projects include: NPI forecasting and offset cost-benefit analysis for Rio Tinto, QMM , supporting Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia to achieve IFC PS6 and EBRD PR6 and advising Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd, Ghana with an offset to achieve NNL.
Oil and gas
Whether corporate strategy or hands-on project contributions, on-shore or off-shore developments, we help our oil and gas clients manage biodiversity risks in very complex arenas. There is increasing recognition in the oil and gas industry of the need to explore and develop reserves without adverse environmental effects. This means integrating biodiversity management into business practices and operations throughout the project lifecycle. To facilitate this integration, we provide scientifically robust expertise with practical solutions based on international best practice for a wide range of IPIECA members. Examples of our oil and gas projects include: providing corporate support to Shell with its biodiversity risk management and with screening and planning for biodiversity risks in oil and gas projects. In 2015 at the International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), we joined up with TOTAL to co-present our shared key insights into why and how the oil and gas industry manage biodiversity risks: Biodiversity management in business_ ICCB presentation 2015.
The renewable energy sector is developing rapidly on a global scale, ranging from onshore and offshore wind power, solar power and hydroelectricity to wave and tidal projects. TBC brings state-of-the-art knowledge and experience to help our clients meet emerging challenges in this sector, and establish leading environmental performance based on sound scientific knowledge and best-practice.