360 Environmental provides expert zoological advice and survey staff for terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments. Our staff have experience in the major bioregions of the state, as well as wider national and international experience and offer full survey capability to service our clients’ needs for fauna assessments, management and advice for all their resource projects.
An understanding of the fauna and habitat within a project’s footprint, as well as its surrounds, is often a critical component of the impact assessment, design and management of a site, whether the site or proposal is an exploration site or mine expansion. Early consideration of the fauna constraints of a site or a project can lead to an increased ability to avoid or mitigate impacts and therefore assist in a streamlined assessment and approvals process.
In Western Australia, impacts to fauna and their habitat are considered in impact assessments under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. In addition, all native fauna are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WC Act), meaning that the ‘disturbance of’ or ‘taking’ of fauna must be minimised or avoided wherever possible, unless licences are held permitting otherwise. In addition to this general level of care and protection, native fauna may be listed as ‘specially protected’ under the WC Act – usually in recognition of their status as threatened or endangered. This provides a higher level of protection, and subsequently a higher level of scrutiny with regard to potential impacts. Threatened and endangered fauna are protected at the federal level by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) as matters of ‘national environmental significance’.
360 Environmental provide expert advice and technical support to all our resource clients for mining and exploration activities in the South West, the Eastern Goldfields, and across the North West. Our fauna capabilities contribute to approval strategies and schedules, referrals of mining, exploration, management plans and ancillary activities to the necessary regulators.
360 Environmental has a team of qualified and experienced zoologists who work with experienced project managers to provide a comprehensive fauna management service, from presence-absence surveys to detailed technical studies for state and federal regulatory assessment, approval and compliance management.
Our team provides an integrated and holistic approach with specific and demonstrated capabilities in the following areas:
- Terrestrial and Aquatic Fauna Surveys
- Level 1 baseline surveys (terrestrial vertebrates); including desktop and ground-truthing reconnaissance surveys
- Level 2 comprehensive surveys (terrestrial); including target surveys for threatened species (e.g. Graceful Sun Moth, Black Cockatoos, Western Ringtail Possums)
- Invertebrate fauna; including stygofauna, troglofauna and short range endemic surveys (SRE)
- Marine surveys; including onshore components (e.g. marine turtles), offshore components (e.g. marine mammals) and threatened species
- Fish and fisheries surveys; including fisheries habitat assessment
- Shorebird surveys
- Monitoring, Modelling and Management
- Long term population monitoringo Fauna management plans (terrestrial, aquatic and marine); including plans for threatened species
- Fisheries management plans
- Environmental Management and Approvals
- Environmental auditing, monitoring and reporting
- Environmental impact assessments (EIA)
- Environmental referrals and approvals
- Environmental licences/ permits/ registrations
- Feasibility and due diligence
- Provision of legislative, assessment and approvals advice
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