Biodiversity Net Gain Through Development
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Biodiversity Net Gain Through Development

This course provides training on designing biodiversity net gain for development projects. It is based on the UK's good practice principles for biodiversity net gain (CIEEM/IEMA/CIRIA, 2016) and the associated practical guidance (CIEEM/IEMA/CIRIA, 2019).

When: Tuesday, 7 January 2020
10:00 - 16:00
Where: Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus
50 Shakespeare Street
Nottingham NG1 4FQ
United Kingdom

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The course is for individuals wishing to advance their skills in biodiversity net gain. Through presentations, case studies and practicals, the course focuses on implementing biodiversity net gain (BNG) for various types, sizes and locations of development projects including small-scale to large-scale, as well as rural and urban locations. It covers BNG during ecological impact assessments (including combining qualitative and quantitative assessments) and the following project lifecycle stages:

• Feasibility and scoping: including early consideration of BNG through the mitigation hierarchy and integrating BNG within core project documents.
• Designing BNG: including habitat trading, ecological equivalency, promoting connecting, achieving additionality, offsetting losses with gains elsewhere as the final stage of the mitigation hierarchy, and designing for a BNG legacy both on-site and off-site.

The course also covers planning for key requirements to deliver BNG during construction, and good practice to evidence BNG.

Please note: The trainers are reviewing this course for 2020 and as such there will be some amendments to the course Description and Learning Outcomes. These will be updated as soon as possible but the main learning from the course will not be significantly changed.

Please note that the course does not cover biodiversity unit calculations (or use of other biodiversity metrics) and that participants should have a minimum of a basic knowledge level of biodiversity metrics to attend this course.

Who Should Attend?
Primarily, ecological consultants who will be designing biodiversity net gain schemes and overseeing delivery of these schemes during the construction phase. Other target participants include: EIA coordinators; local authority ecologists, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs and NGOs, and environmental and sustainability managers.

Knowledge Level

Prior Knowledge
Prior knowledge of ecological impact assessments and ecological mitigation, compensation and enhancement design and delivery for development projects is advantageous. Also required is a basic level of knowledge of biodiversity unit calculations, or use of other biodiversity metrics for biodiversity net gain.


To find out more and book your place, please visit the CIEEM website


The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) are a professional body licensed by the Society for the Environment to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status 

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