Last week Range to Reef attended the Flora and Vegetation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Symposium, held by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (EIANZ) and the Western Australian Environmental Consultant's Association (ECA).
The symposium was attended by representatives from Government, Industry and consulting companies and focused on how to improve EIA processes for flora and vegetation.
There was a general consensus that there is room for improvement in the current EIA process, particularly current technical guidelines (right), and that competitive tendering is resulting in poor outcomes for the environment and liabilities for Industry. The need for an accessible database of quadrat data was a hot topic, with significant support for the new Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA) initiative.
Image: Greg Keighery, Chair of the Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) Scientific Advisory Committee, presents a talk on TECs in WA