Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Training

Hunter Landcarers learned about the opportunities for private land conservation

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Training

Hunter Landcarers learned about the opportunities for private land conservation

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The issue

Changes to NSW environmental legislation in 2017 including the  NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act has led to many questions about the new legislation for Landcarers in the Hunter.  In particular, what are the options for Conservation under the new Biodiversity Offsets Scheme and how can private Landholders benefit while protecting our native biodiversity for future generations?

The solution

With Funding from Hunter Local Land Services, the Hunter Region Landcare Network organised a series of three workshops throughout the Hunter for Landcarers to gain an understanding of the new legislation including the LLS Act, Biodiversity Conservation Act and SEPP vegetation.  Greencap workforce training "Muddy Boots" were engaged to present the content, which included

The purpose of biodiversity reforms

  • Overview of the legislation and regulations
  • Key elements of the scheme
  • Meeting a biodiversity offset obligation

Private Land Conservation

  • Stewardship sites - eligibility criteria, legal considerations, assessment process and credit generation, management action plans and costing, management
  • Conservation Agreements
  • Wildlife refuge agreements
  • Existing agreements and upgrades

 

The impact

Over 50 people attended the three workshops and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  The training was very interactive with open discussion and cleared up a lot of misconceptions about the new legislation and for all that attended.  The importance of private land conservation in the effort to halt the decline in native biodiversity across NSW and the benefits to the individual and the environment were made clear. 

There was considerable interest in pursuing either Biodiversity stewardship agreements or Conservation Agreements through the Conservation Trust from many that attended.  The steps involved in assessing the biodiversity values of the land are better understood and Landcarers are now better able to make an informed decision as to the best approach for them.  The training also highlighted the opportunities for Landcare in managing land from Stewardship sites.  

 

Key facts

  • Over 50 people attended the workshops
  • Private land conservation is important in protecting biodiversity values
  • Private land holders understand the opportunities available under the scheme
  • Landcarers can benefit from the biodiversity values be entering the Offset scheme or conservation agreements under the Biodiversity Conservation Trust.

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