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 main objectives of the Ecology SIS are to:
- Be compatible with other existing groups and to become complimentary with their needs.
- Network other groups using the Institute's infrastructure to help them develop joint forums.
- Communicate regional outcomes to professional ecologists throughout Australia and New Zealand.
- Help develop and / or raise awareness of appropriate standards for ecological practice.
Some of the tasks that the Ecology SIS will be actioning include:
- Preparing a business plan for the 2015-16 financial year
- Providing advice regarding the criteria for the assessment of the CEnvP Ecology Specialist category
- Preparing submissions on relevant government policy
- Finalising the ecological impact assessment guidelines
- Developing new guidance material around threatened species management
- Developing an EIANZ position statement on environmental offsetting arrangements and the application in good practice environmental management
- Developing a specialist ecology stream for the next EIANZ Conference
- Contributing to the growth of EIANZ membership amongst wildlife and landscape managers, protected area managers, academic researchers, and practicing ecologists generally
- Providing support for EIANZ advocacy on matters to do with ecology
- Developing EIANZ branded material for use in senior secondary schools and universities advocating careers based on the study of ecology and biological sciences.
Ecological Impact Assessment Guidelines
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.
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The Ecology SIS will be reviewing these guidelines as a priority in 2015 and will reference Australian and State and Territory legislation and ecological impact assessment processes.
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.
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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 Dave Fleming, Chair of the Ecology SIS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.