TBC has a strategic approach to biodiversity management which engages stakeholders and addresses risks. We help our clients to manage biodiversity risks and reduce impacts through a variety of practical, tailored tools and quantitative methods.

Framing the issues

P1010016We want to achieve positive environmental outcomes and fulfil this through a range of tailored services designed to help Business and Conservation organisations.

  • Assessing the business case for managing biodiversity (identifying risks, costs, benefits and opportunities for entire companies or specific projects)
  • Developing biodiversity strategies for companies or their projects. We can:
    • focus solely on high-level objectives (crafting commitments to sustainable biodiversity management)
    • quantify the project (e.g. evaluating costs and benefits of corporate commitments to No Net Loss/Net Gain)
    • take a prescriptive approach for a range of specific biodiversity issues (e.g. assessing the practicality and cost of biodiversity strategies for a particular project)
  • Evaluating biodiversity risks to companies or their projects. We can:
    • work solely desk-based, using literature and GIS mapping (assessing significant species, ecosystems or sites that could be impacted by the project)
    • involve stakeholder consultation (identification of issues in consultation with local communities, government and civil society)
    • use site visits to investigate identified issues in more detail (using our field experience to assess risks raised in desk studies or consultations)
    • help fulfil requirements of International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6 (i.e. Critical Habitat assessment) or other standards (e.g. Equator Principle banks, government legislation)

Ensuring an efficient and effective process

  • shutterstock_140317483Stakeholder mapping and consultation (using our non-governmental organisation experience to design and facilitate meaningful input from all stakeholders – reducing the risk of surprises at a later date)
  • Facilitating meetings, committees and cross-sector partnerships (ensuring effective communication towards mutually agreeable consensus)
  • Developing biodiversity action/management plans with companies (collating realistic management actions that meet their needs as well as those of stakeholders and regulators)
  • Reviewing and revising Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) that fall short of voluntary or regulatory standards, such as IFC Performance Standard 6 (conducting a gap analysis, and then producing an action plan to meet standards)
  • Integrating biodiversity into Environmental Management Systems (providing technical input for business managers)

Designing biodiversity management actions

  • Designing baseline studies (designing surveys to meet voluntary or regulatory standards and/or recommending appropriate surveyors)
  • Developing metrics and currencies to facilitate decision-making (constructing pragmatic, scientifically-defensible, quantitative ways to compare costs and benefits, losses and gains)
  • Designing mitigations to meet regulatory or voluntary standards (including evaluating the relative merits of a range of avoidance, minimisation and rehabilitation actions)
  • Designing offset strategies/plans to compensate for residual impacts
  • Developing monitoring and evaluation – this is often neglected but is essential to demonstrate to external stakeholders that standards have been met