Balfour Beatty’s Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Julia Baker, recently featured in Inside Ecology discussing how contractors can deliver Biodiversity Net Gain benefits for those living in the communities in which they operate.
Biodiversity Net Gain, a concept focused on enriching biodiversity as a result of construction work, can have both a positive and negative impact on the benefits that people derive from nature and affect the wellbeing of different groups in different ways.
In partnership with academic experts, Balfour Beatty has developed a set of wellbeing principles and best practice to design and implement Biodiversity Net Gain within construction projects to ensure communities realise e a positive biodiversity net gain as an added benefit of works.
Julia explains that the principles aim to support the alignment of biodiversity and social objectives. She outlines the actions necessary to avoid people losing biodiversity as the result of construction projects and how to mitigate this, whilst outlining how to measure compensation against the impact of wellbeing as a result of biodiversity loss.
Balfour Beatty believes that by considering Biodiversity Net Gain as early as possible and ensuring these principles are incorporated in the design, programme and budget, projects can generate long-term benefits for nature as well as wider benefits for society and the economy.
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Notes to editors:
- Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
- Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.