Biodiversity Advice and Reviews
We provided Biodiversity Advisor services relating to an expansion of an existing manganese mining operation.
The project included advising on the development of an Environmental and Social Action Plan, biodiversity offsetting and a project Biodiversity Action Plan due to the presence of Critical Habitat and IUCN Red Listed Threatened species possibly including, Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes.
Biodiversity Advisor services were provided for a proposed new Gas-fired Power Station, a gas pipeline to the plant and new electricity transmission lines from the plan.
The project required advice on a proposed project area for development which overlapped with Critical Habitat for a number of IUCN Red List Endangered species including chimpanzee. We reviewed biodiversity reports and assisted the project ecologist to align their documentation with IFC Performance Standard 6.
For this project in Guinea, West Africa, Phil Rogers provided services as a Biodiversity Auditor undertaking a site visit and reviewing key project documents including the project Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).
This was in connection with the project Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for the operational phase of the project which also included the ESIA, a Critical Habitat Assessment (CHA) and offset feasibility studies.
IBC also reviewed implementation of the Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) in respect to IUCN Red List Threatened species including Chimpanzee, Critically Endangered Atlantic hump-backed dolphin, Sousa teuszii and other endemic species.
Conducting a closure audit for three prospective iron ore exploration areas to ensure closure had reached environmental and geotechnical compliance with respect to international guidance and best practice and national legislative requirements. Audit involved a month-long visit to all sites.
Development of an Ecosystem Services Impact Assessment for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) including working with local environmental and social consultant team and overseeing production of a specialist Biodiversity Action Plan for two IUCN Red List Threatened species.
Reviewing ESIA Scoping document and other key documentation in reference to IFC Performance Standard 6. Provided feedback to improve studies and ESIA document for a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility.