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Working towards NNL of Biodiversity and Beyond

By Amrei von Hase - Forest Trends
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Solid Energy became a member of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) and offered
the Strongman Mine II as a pilot project in 2007. In 2009, Solid Energy together with BBOP published a case
study on the biodiversity management and offset work undertaken at Strongman up to that point (available
at les/doc_3124.pdf). The present document serves as an update
on the mine’s progress since then and following a second-party evaluation (pre-audit) against the BBOP
Standard on Biodiversity Offsets (BBOP, 2012). For more detail and a history of the company’s work in
applying the mitigation hierarchy and biodiversity offsetting, it is useful also to refer back to the 2009 case
With the publication of this update, Solid Energy and Forest Trends hope to further the state of knowledge on
biodiversity management and offsetting, stimulate discussion, and share information on technical aspects of
offset design and implementation, including some of the challenges that may be encountered and solutions
that may be available.
It is important to recognize that this is a “work in progress” and that experience on good practice offsetting
continues to provide lessons and that the practice, the relevant Standards, and society’s expectations in
terms of biodiversity management keep evolving.