Working Draft, Ecological Assessment Guidelines for Australia and New Zealand

The final working draft EcIA (Ecological Impact Assessment) Guidelines for Australia and New Zealand are now available for download on the EIANZ Wiki (

This is the first attempt in Australasia, to combine modern principles of EcIA into one document. The document relies heavily on existing international and overseas best practice information on the science of ecology in practice. It particularly uses the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM's) guidelines as a framework, introducing other biodiversity elements and modern principles of offset management.

All ecologists, whether or not they work in EIA, should have an understanding of EcIA if they work in any professional capacity.

These guidelines will be launched at the forthcoming EIANZ conference in New Zealand, after which, a process for receiving comments and review will be developed. Watch this space or follow us on Twitter for further information.

Australia's National Vegetation Framework up for comment

This draft is a strategic national policy framework, aimed at guiding management decisions that affect native vegetation in all jurisdictions and all sectors of the community. When finalised, this framework will replace the 1999 National Framework for Management and Monitoring of Australia's Native Vegetation.

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