SRK on the Leading Edge of Biodiversity

SRK is assisting its clients locally and globally with biodiversity evaluations by addressing the impacts of projects on the environment and providing solutions for the issues facing clients.

Biodiversity refers to the varying levels of living organisms, their interrelationships and their effects upon ecological systems. Simply put, biodiversity is comparable to the threads of a garment, each unique and sometimes fragile, which when interwoven form a diverse, interrelated fabric that has strength, sustainability and a high level of usefulness. Preserving biodiversity is keeping the threads and fabric of life intact. Conservation is a cooperative method of managing biodiversity for the benefit of humans; it uses the fabric while preserving its integrity.
Many of SRK’s clients seek to capture resources in remote regions of the world, which naturally host environmentally significant (and often sensitive) plants and animals. Governments, interest groups, stakeholders, as well as involved industry recognise biodiversity impact evaluations globally as a critical component of any project. Lenders, such as the International Finance Corporation, have also expressed concern for the environment in the requirements of their Equator Principles.

SRK’s professional staff recognises that the diversity of plants and living organisms and their interrelationships determine the quality of life for humans. We use the best science: first, to avoid impacts; second to minimise those impacts; next, to restore after an impact; and as a last resort, to create biodiversity offsets for impacts that cannot otherwise be addressed.

SRK has many examples; including using Conservation Development Frameworks at our Port Elizabeth Office in South Africa to designate use zones and special management areas for protection. By guiding developments and facilities, SRK simultaneously meets the community’s conservation, economic development, recreation and tourism mandates.

SRK North America is involved in innovative approaches to minimise impacts to Endangered Species Act (ESA) species such as the desert tortoise.

SRK UK and SRK South Africa have been involved in ESIAs for mining, transport and dredging in the undisturbed rainforest of the Guiana Shield. As well, SRK UK undertook an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for the Malmbjerg Molybdenum Project in Greenland within the Arctic Circle, where breeding and moulting areas for Pink-footed geese and Barnacle geese exist. Both these species have high global conservation value. We are working to recommend appropriate offset areas that help protect these valuable species.
In addition to our expertise in biological resources we have experience in community development, establishing sustainable use programs, assessing markets and creating bio-conservancies, SRK has the ability to meet our client’s challenges and provide workable solutions from the arctic to the equator.

William (Bill) Morrill:

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