There is need for:
- Better skills in developing and presenting methods specifically for projects and to recognise the importance of realistic time frames for field data collection.
- Better basic field naturalist skills in the academic system.
- Improved professional development of young and up coming ecologists.
- Better peer review of consultants' work by recognised senior professionals in the industry.
- A general point that came up on a number of occasions was the need for realistic pricing of ecological work. Where ecological advice is under-priced, the value of the service to clients is often inhibited to a great degree.
- Establishment of a formal ethics committee for EIANZ members
- Mentoring, as part of membership and certification
- An overview of the scope of policies and activities of similar organisations worldwide - for example, IEEM and SoE provide useful models.
- Production of a range of standards and guidelines about scientific methods and approaches to ecological impact assessment