EPBC Act significant impact guidelines for migratory shorebirds

Peter and Heather led the development of the Draft significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species (EPBC Act policy statement 3.21)

Client: Commonwealth Department of the Environment

The project

Peter and Heather led the development of the Draft significant impact guidelines for 36 migratory shorebird species (EPBC Act policy statement 3.21) for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment.

You can view the draft guidelines on the Department’s website.

What we did

We worked closely with the Commonwealth and key experts in migratory shorebirds to develop the draft guidelines. The project aimed to help stakeholders to assess if their development would have a significant impact on one or more of the 36 migratory shorebird species in Australia.

The process involved a combination of:

  • Scientific review of the latest information to determine if a potential policy change should be made in relation to assessing significant impacts
  • Consultation with migratory shorebird experts from around the country. This included the organisation and facilitation of a 30+ person workshop in Canberra, as well as additional meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
  • Preparation of policy advice for the consideration of the decision makers within the Commonwealth Department of the Environment
  • Preparation of the actual draft guidelines and background paper

The project resulted in a substantial policy change and greater protection of migratory shorebirds. The project was completed in 2009 and the guidelines have been used on all relevant EPBC Act projects since that point.

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