Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data

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Jul 2015
This document is produced for corporations, lenders, regulators, and others involved in conducting Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs). It summarizes "good practices" for biodiversity baseline studies that support biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment and management planning in ESIAs. This document is based on a review and synthesis of various reports and guidance documents from multi-lateral financing institutions (MFIs), government regulators, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It is not intended to replace ESIA guidance, but rather to supplement it where biodiversity is not adequately covered. This document is a companion to Good Practices for Biodiversity-Inclusive Impact Assessment and Management Planning.