Talk:RSB principle on Conservation
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Biofuel production should avoid negative impacts on biodiversity and areas of High Conservation Values
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Relations between the HCV network and the IBAT
During the HCV Network's Steering Group (SG) Meeting on the 5th and 6th of February 2009, Leon Bennun from (Birdlife International) presented the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT)) and how it connects to the HCV assessment. The presentation can be downloaded here.
Excerpts from the HCV network's report from the meeting: "The SG appreciated the continued interest that the IBAT sponsors have expressed in collaborating with the Network, and recognised that the underlying data sets and the IBAT tool itself have significant potential to support some elements of HCV assessment (notably HCV 1); proposals to incorporate additional data layers into the IBAT (e.g. ecosystem services) were also welcomed.
The SG suggested that cross-linking the HCV Network with IBAT would be useful and that opportunities for developing collaboration should be investigated. Some remaining reservations were expressed:
- IBAT only addresses some elements of the HCV approach (i.e. principally HCV 1) and use of IBAT maps does not amount to an HCV assessment.
- For HCV 1 assessment, the IBAT provides a valuable indication of the biodiversity issues that may be a concern, but due to the global nature of the database this will necessarily be somewhat coarse and may not be suited to site-level planning. The data need to be examined and refined as necessary on a case by case basis.
- There remains a concern in the use of IBAT as regards potential misuse by industry to screen areas and make selections for potential development prior to any consideration of rural communities and indigenous peoples’ needs. The SG requested that IBAT review the transparency issues to take account of community consultation (e.g. guidelines for the use of the tool)."