The Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) http://www.csbi.org.uk is a forum to provide leadership in developing and sharing good practice related to biodiversity and ecosystem services in the extractive industry. Formed between IPIECA, ICMM and the Equator Principles Association, CSBI supports the broader goals of applying innovation and transparency through the mitigation hierarchy with respect to biodiversity and ecosystem services throughout its members’ project activities.
Over the last 18 months the CSBI has been developing a “Cross-Sector Guide for Implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy” This Guide provides high-level guidance for using the Mitigation Hierarchy effectively to manage the potential impacts of extractive activities on BES throughout project life spans. It aims to reflect state-of-the-art good practice of operationalizing the Mitigation Hierarchy for biodiversity impact management for extractive industries. It draws upon experts in relevant fields and current scientific literature, recognizes gaps and challenges in the implementation of each step of the Mitigation Hierarchy and leaves room for adaptability to future advances in these areas. During the webinar, Mark Johnston (the current Chair of CSBI) will present the current work plan and activities of CSBI and provide details on the content and key principles covered in the CSBI Mitigation Hierarchy guide.