Ipieca, IOGP Update Guidance for Biodiversity Action Plans
Biodiversity actions plans (BAPs) are a systematic approach to biodiversity management that can help companies contribute to nature-positive goals. The guidance provides general process steps recommended for preparing and implementing a BAP.
Ipieca and the International Association of Oil and Gas Produces (IOGP) have launched an update of their guide to developing biodiversity action plans. The guidance is designed to help health, safety, environment, and sustainable development professionals develop biodiversity action plans (BAPs) for their activities and projects.
BAPs are a systematic approach to biodiversity management that can help companies leave an overall positive impact on nature. This guidance provides general process steps recommended to be used in preparing and implementing a BAP.
The different ways in which companies have approached each of these steps are explored in a number of case studies that reflect a range of environmental, social, and operational settings and project types, including renewable energy projects.
To assist users with limited biodiversity experience, supplementary information and references are used to set the guidance in the wider biodiversity conservation context.
Why Are BAPs Important?
Nature and biodiversity loss are recognized as one of the biggest global risks. The recently launched UN Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) sets out an ambitious plan to bring about a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity, including the key milestone of a “nature positive” planet by 2030.
The oil, gas, and alternative energy industry has a key role to play by contributing to international, national, and local conservation targets and working with stakeholders and partners to develop solutions. This includes developing action plans that result in no net loss of biodiversity while creating a net gain or net positive impact for their operations.