The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and The Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) have jointly launched Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data. The new Guide is based on a review and synthesis of various reports and guidance from Multilateral Financing Institutions (MFIs), government regulators, industry associations and non-governmental organizations.
Produced for corporations, lenders, regulators and others involved in conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), the Guide summarizes “good practices” for biodiversity baseline studies that support biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment and management planning in ESIAs. The aim is not to replace ESIA guidance, but rather to supplement it where biodiversity is not adequately covered and serve as a companion to Good Practices for Biodiversity-Inclusive Impact Assessment and Management Planning.
The Guide offers a range of options for good practices, leaving the project developer to select the appropriate approach required for their context. Those involved in developing ESIAs should find this guidance helpful with understanding the technical concepts underpinning biodiversity baseline studies, specifying the required studies/analyses to be undertaken by specialists and interpreting results.
The EBRD-led project was completed in collaboration with MFIs and CSBI, whose members include IPIECA, the International Council on Mining and Metals, and the Equator Principles Association.