Biodiversity Net Gain

Biodiversity Enhancement (BE)

Biodiversity Enhancement (BE) is about designing projects that leave biodiversity in a better state than before. This is achieved by avoiding impacts on ecological features of high value, minimising unavoidable impacts, enhancing the value of existing features, and providing new ecological features that were not previously present. Projects must go beyond simply mitigating damage to considering how to actively create or restore habitats.

Biodiversity Net Gain

The Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to assessing biodiversity uplift in the UK which requires all new developments to achieve a 10% increase in biodiversity units. This is calculated using a metric that compares habitats before and after development. However, there is currently no formal legislation or policy regarding BE in the Republic of Ireland.

Assess Your Project’s Impact

Increasingly businesses and state bodies are looking to quantify their impacts on the environment as part of their ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) accounting. Biodiversity Net Gain assessment allows organisations to assess the impacts of their projects, and their operations and to invest in projects seeking to conserve and restore woodlands, farmlands, rivers and bogs.

How We Help Organisations 

IDEC can help organisations looking to undertake biodiversity; enhancement, net gain and uplift projects for ESG accounting, as part of planning applications or as part of landscape-scale habitat enhancement projects like catchment management projects or rewilding schemes

IDEC uses the Wallacea Trust methodology for assessing biodiversity uplift. This methodology can be used to quantify expected biodiversity benefits for projects aiming to increase or maintain biodiversity via restoration and/or protection interventions that have positive impacts on local livelihoods and ecosystems. This quantifies biodiversity uplift by assessing a range of habitats and species groups on your project’s site. The results in peer reviewed and independently verified. The project can generate credits by creating or restoring habitats and demonstrating a measurable biodiversity uplift. Verified credits can be traded, allowing organisations to compensate for unavoidable biodiversity loss elsewhere or used for ESG accounting.

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