How TBC helps conservation

MadagascarTBC consultants are all passionate conservationists who have spent years working for conservation NGOs. We now use that experience to offer practical advice to other business and governments – those sectors with the biggest influence on biodiversity impacts. See How TBC helps business for more information.

We combine scientific rigour with practical experience from years of field experience, but can communicate biodiversity issues to business and government in their language. We conduct careful due diligence to select industry leaders who are demonstrating genuine commitment to improved standards of biodiversity management.

Many of our partnerships with companies are long-term, and conservation gains can only be demonstrated after many years of improved practice. However, we are proud to have already helped our clients:

  • avoid project impacts on key habitats/species (e.g. >600 ha of littoral forest not mined in Madagascar; planned infrastructure moved to avoid critical Chimpanzee habitat in Guinea)
  • minimise project impacts (e.g. hundreds of kilometres of power lines fitted with bird flight diverters in key Houbara Bustard habitat; commitment to best-practice wildlife crossings along an upgraded road in southern Mongolia)
  • design offsets for unavoidable residual biodiversity impacts
  • prioritise restoration efforts for threatened and restricted-range species and habitats
  • monitor and evaluate actions, to share lessons and successes
  • develop rational policies on biodiversity offsetting (e.g. by writing guidance on relative offsetability for the New Zealand Government)

Since TBC was established, we have played a key role in saving several species from being committed to extinction. TBC is also a member of the Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF), a network that links the diverse Cambridge-based community of conservation practitioners and researchers working at local, national and international levels.

Our own environmental performance is a key issue for TBC. More information about our measures to avoid environmental impacts as well as carbon offsetting and a significant environmental fund can be found in About us.