The second October BCG meeting was filled with a number of presentations building on key issues emerging from its work so far. Following on from the session on the importance of monitoring and reporting in early 2017, at this session a consultant from Catalyst Group took the group through the key issues inhibiting effective monitoring, reporting and compliance nationally and guided a discussion on potential solutions. The Group further discussed natural capital and the importance of ecosystem services. It heard from the Ministry for the Environment on the progress of its work in this space and discussed where it fits with the BCG’s project. Building on broader freshwater presentations the Group heard from the Department of Conservation in response to specific questions it had raised about threats from non-indigenous species to native biota and freshwater biodiversity issues not clearly covered by the NPSFM. Following these discussions, the Group made a first pass on the complex issue of effects management including avoidance, remediation, mitigation, biodiversity offsetting, biodiversity compensation, adaptive management and the precautionary approach. A representative from the electricity generation sector provided the Group with a case study of biodiversity compensation on the ground, focussed on Genesis Energy’s whio protection project.
Hokitika Gorge (credit: Raewyn Peart)