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What is strategic conservation planning?

Strategic conservation planning is a landscape scale approach to assessing and protecting biodiversity upfront in planning for large scale development. It involves assessing potential impacts to biodiversity from future development and using that information to avoid and minimise impacts on threatened plants and animals. It also informs strategic offsetting of residual impacts to biodiversity. The information collected about an areas native plants and animals is used to develop and deliver conservation actions specific to those species.

 

In NSW, Strategic conservation planning describes the aligned delivery of strategic biodiversity certification under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and strategic assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

 

Benefits of strategic conservation planning

Strategic conservation planning provides for a landscape scale approach to assessing and protecting biodiversity upfront in planning for large scale future development. It moves beyond a site-by-site assessment and offsetting approach and will:

  • improve ecological resilience and function over the long term
  • enhance the network of conservation areas and protect unique and vulnerable species
  • provide for publicly accessible green and open spaces for the local community
  • streamline the delivery of priority housing and transport infrastructure.

Page last updated: 30/08/2019