Constructive Voices has been working with a number of biodiversity net gain experts to create an accessible online training series: Beyond Biodiversity Net Gain. This biodiversity net gain training online series will make you feel fluent about BNG, regardless of how much you know now. It is not intended to replace your team of ecologists but to help those working in the built environment become knowledgeable about how they can work towards a nature-positive future.
Led by Claire Wansbury, it has been designed to be easy to dip in and out of to suit your own schedule. It consists of 12-video led modules featuring a range of experts.
This feature introduces you to the first few modules.
In the first module of the Beyond Biodiversity Net Gain training series, we’re exploring a concept that’s creating ripples in the world of conservation and urban planning: biodiversity net gain.
The Concept of Biodiversity Net Gain: Claire introduces us to the idea of biodiversity net gain (BNG), a pivotal strategy for ensuring that development projects in England contribute positively to the environment.
Legislation and Policy: We discuss the recent inclusion of BNG in the Environment Act of 2021 and its implications for the Town and Country Planning Act, marking a significant shift towards mandatory environmental responsibility in construction.
Beyond Compliance: Biodiversity net gain isn’t just a tick-box exercise; it represents a harmonious blend of environmental, societal, and economic benefits. We’ll explore why BNG is essential for sustainable development.
Measuring Success: Our guest breaks down the metric-based framework used to evaluate biodiversity net gain, explaining the mitigation hierarchy—avoidance, mitigation, and compensation—and the goal of achieving a minimum of a 10% net increase in biodiversity.
Holistic Habitat Design: The conversation will delve into the importance of qualitative measures alongside quantitative ones, emphasising the need for thoughtful habitat design that serves both people and wildlife.
Collaborative Progress: Claire highlights the value of shared experiences and learning in perfecting the application of BNG. As we progress, it’s about building a collective understanding to implement these principles more effectively.
A Vision for the Future: Finally, we look at the broader objective of using BNG, among other tools, to work towards a future where nature isn’t just preserved but is actively enriched by development activities.
Join us as we explore how biodiversity net gain is not just reshaping the landscape of environmental policy but is also laying the groundwork for a more sustainable and nature-positive future. Tune in to gain valuable insights and learn how we can all play a part in this transformative movement.
In this enlightening video, experts Claire and Jane delve into the pressing topic of biodiversity net gain, which is set to become a mandatory requirement in England’s planning applications. The learning module presents a compelling case for designing multifunctional landscapes that serve the dual purpose of enhancing biodiversity and promoting human health and well-being.
This module is a must-watch for those interested in the intersection of landscape design, urban planning, and ecological stewardship, as well as the broad impacts these fields have on community health and the environment.
Introduction: Module 3 features a deep dive into England’s innovative approach to preserving biodiversity amidst development projects, with insights from ecologist Clare Wansbury of Atkins.
Understanding Biodiversity Net Gain: We unpack the concept of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) and its significance in ensuring that development projects contribute positively to the environment.
England’s Biodiversity Metric 4.0 Explained: Clare Wansbury walks us through the complexities of the biodiversity metric 4.0, a tool used to quantify the impacts of development on biodiversity.
Components of the Metric: Learn about the key components that the metric evaluates, including habitat areas, terrestrial linear features, and watercourses, and why trading between these types is strictly controlled.
Calculating Biodiversity Units: Discover how the metric calculates net changes in biodiversity units, factoring in the area, distinctiveness, condition, and strategic significance of habitats.
Post-Development Challenges: The discussion sheds light on the additional elements considered for habitats post-development and the challenges in maintaining or enhancing their value.
The Role of Irreplaceable Habitats: Clare emphasizes the crucial importance of irreplaceable habitats and how the metric accounts for their conservation.
Compensatory Measures: We explore the methods for compensating biodiversity losses, including on-site habitat creation or enhancement, and the complexities of off-site compensation.
Consulting with DEFRA: The module stresses the importance of consulting with DEFRA for comprehensive guidance on achieving BNG, highlighting its integral role in project planning.
The 10% Net Gain Target: Clare Wansbury talks about the government’s ambitious target of a 10% net gain in biodiversity and what it means for future developments.
Conclusion: Wrapping up, we discuss the metric’s impact on the environment and its potential to shape a sustainable future for development and biodiversity in England.
To discover the full curriculum head over to the Beyond Biodiversity Net Gain online training learning centre.
Written by: Jackie De Burca
todayJanuary 16, 2024
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