Environmental Impact Assessment and Due Diligence

One of the first tasks is to undertake when initiating any project with potential to impact biodiversity values is a due diligence assessment, or environmental constraints analysis, for the project area. The due diligence assessment involves a thorough desktop study of the project area by searching existing literature and databases for the following constraints:

  • Threatened and Priority species and communities (i.e. Declared Rare Flora and Priority Flora, Threatened and Priority Ecological Communities, Threatened and Priority Fauna)
  • Land Tenure Constraints (e.g. National park, Nature Reserve, State Forest, Unallocated Crown Land)
  • Activity Constraints (e.g. Water Catchment Area, Disease Risk Area)
  • Conservation Constraints (e.g. Environmentally Sensitive Area, EPA Red Book Area, Fauna Habitat Zone)

The results of the desktop study are reviewed and advice is given to clients in relation to the following:

  • Environmental constraints and opportunities present (if any)
  • What is likely to be required by the regulatory authorities in terms of biological surveys and environmental impact assessment
  • The likelihood of gaining environmental approvals for the proposal

Following this advice, Terratree can prepare a proposal to undertake the required surveys and environmental impact assessment while liaising with regulatory authorities in gaining environmental approval for the proposal.