Biodiversity Net Gain – Principles and Guidance for UK construction and developments (RP1048)

Biodiversity Net Gain is development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before. In partnership with both CIEEM and IEMA, we are developing new guidance to help professionals and UK industry address this challenge and to achieve ‘Net Gain’ targets for biodiversity.

Throughout 2016, CIRIA, CIEEM and IEMA collaborated to produce a set of Biodiversity Net Gain Principles (Download the principles). This involved extensive engagement and consultation with a range of stakeholders.  The next phase of this work is to produce practical and pragmatic guidance drawing on experience and evidence across the UK on how to implement these Principles.

Guidance on implementation 

Following issue of the principles, a number of industry organisations are collaborative to produce guidance on putting the Principles into practice.

The work will produce practical and pragmatic guidance drawing on experience and evidence across the UK.

An Author Team including Balfour Beatty, WSP and Footprint Ecology has been appointed to write the guidance.

Let us have your views
As part of this process, a series of consultation activities are being planned between May and July 2017.

The first stage is a very brief in-line questionnaire seeking prospective users’ needs in terms of the structure and balance of such a guide. The proposed structure will:
  • Discuss each of the principles and what their implementation means in practice.
  • Describe the drivers and constraints on different stakeholders, their inter-relationships and their role in implementing net gain.
  • Illustrate how the principles can be applied throughout the life of the project from concept to on-going maintenance.
This feedback will be considered by the Project Steering Group as the guide is developed. The survey will run from 8 May to 19 May. 

A further stage of consultation will be undertaken in early June will seek views on emerging approaches and guidance recommendations with users. The survey will be released in early June.

Funders of the project include: Berkeley Group, Barratt Developments PLC, Carillion, Gatwick Airport, Kier, Land Securities, National Grid, Nestle, The Wildlife Trusts and WSP.

Author team
Balfour Beatty, WSP, Footprint Ecology, Natural England, Forest Trends

Delivery Partners

Further information
For more information please contact Owen Jenkins at CIRIA.