Ecology Special Interest Section

Ecology Special Interest Section

The Ecology Special Interest Section (SIS) provides a focus on the ecology profession, drawing on the strengths of EIANZ members and Certified Environmental Practitioners. The Ecology SIS encourages active dialogue and participation in robust discussions around current and emerging trends, issues and challenges in ecology.

In 2010, Ecology was included as a specialist certification category in the Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme.

The purpose of the Ecology SIS is to:

  • Develop and promote knowledge about this specialised area of environmental practice
  • Advance the professional standing and recognition of ecology practitioners through the CEnvP Scheme.

Management Committee

A new Management Committee for the Ecology SIS is currently being established and further details will be available soon.

Key activities for 2018 - 2019

Details to be published soon.

Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines

In May 2018, EIANZ released the 2nd of the Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines for use in New Zealand. The updates in the 2nd Edition reflect feedback and comments received from a range of individuals, professional bodies and interest groups. Substantial changes have been made in some areas to:

  • emphasise the focus of these Guidelines on RMA section 88/ Schedule 4 (leading to modification of Chapter 5 in particular);
  • stress ecological description and analysis as a basis for impact assessment and management; and
  • review the use of matrices as summary tables for ecological description and assessment.

The 2nd Edition emphasises that these Guidelines are not just for use by ecologists working for a project developer or proponent, but are also intended to assist ecologists and planners processing applications in councils to check if all expected information is generally present and treated in an appropriate way.

Download the 2nd Edition Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines for use in New Zealand →

In 2012, the New Zealand Chapter embarked on the development of more specific guidance for ecologists working in New Zealand. These guidelines were based on the 2010 working draft, however, they were drafted from an ecologist’s perspective and in particular how to conduct EcIA under the Resource Management Act 1991.

These guidelines, released in 2015, provide published and website references to many of the approaches, methods and techniques used in ecological impact assessment in New Zealand and identify good practice environmental management approaches.

Download the Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines for use in New Zealand →

In 2010, as a contribution to advancing 'competent environmental practice', the EIANZ’s Ecology SIS drafted general guidance on ecological assessment and biodiversity management. This was the first attempt in Australasia to combine modern principles of Ecology Impact Assessments into one document and a working draft was subsequently produced.

Download the draft guidelines to find out more →

Assessing significant ecological values in New Zealand

In 2016, EIANZ called together professional ecologists in New Zealand to discuss what was ecologically significant under the Resource Management Act. Following these discussions, the views from the New Zealand Chapter and the Ecology SIS to move forward the standards for protecting significant ecological areas in New Zealand on private land have been documented.

Read the report >

Find out more or get involved

Any members who would like to participate in the Ecology SIS and support the continuation of this important role within the Institute are encouraged to contact Richard Sharp FEIANZ, Chair of the Ecology SIS, at ecology@eianz.org.