Current Projects

Examples: Current Projects

Below are some brief examples of the type of project work currently being undertaken by the Wild Business team. We do not go into detail on any of our projects here, but please contact the appropriate Wild Business lead to find out more.

Some of our clients, or the work we undertake on their behalf, cannot be named due to strict confidentiality agreements. However, a sample of current and recent clients includes:

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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service consulting

1. Wild Business is currently supporting a major multinational corporate client, in a programme to create and audit patches of biodiverse habitat at production sites across the UK. Our primary involvement is to audit the implementation of the client’s in-house habitat creation procedure and the resulting habitat patches, to help improve the process, and to support the development of a wider biodiversity management and restoration strategy for the client.

2. A large pilot project with a corporate client (Nestle UK) involves carrying out the baseline assessment for the implementation of a net positive natural capital strategy. Wild Business are collecting appropriate data, and then mapping the potential for the restoration or creation of natural habitat within the neighbouring landscape as well as on production sites. The objective is not only to conserve wildlife, but for local and regional stakeholders to benefit from improved ecosystem services provided by the newly created habitat.

WB lead: J. Bull

 

Biodiversity offsetting

Wild Business is currently involved in projects for the public and private sectors, providing expertise in the development of new national biodiversity offset policies both in the UK and abroad.

1. In one case, this involves carrying out research to form a basis for the design of a national biodiversity offset scheme to compensate for oil and gas exploration and extraction, in central Asia. Wild Business is collecting field data, mapping impacts and offset opportunities, and incorporating the outputs into the design of a potential biodiversity offset scheme. This research is in part based upon lessons learnt from good practice regulatory biodiversity offsetting in Australia. A component of the project involves adapting EIA regulations to include offsets, and a further component involves training oil and gas sector managers in biodiversity management.

2. Further, we are currently assisting a client in the design and development of a large set of regional biodiversity conservation actions, associated with a specific extractive sector project, in a different part of central Asia. The actions are intended to deliver Net Gains in Critical Habitat as required under the IFC Performance Standard 6.

3. In the UK, Wild Business was recently commissioned to help contribute objective analyses of biodiversity compensation in the planning sector. This work will contribute towards the evidence base necessary to inform decision-making on whether a biodiversity offset policy could be effective in England.

4. Wild Business has recently undertaken a programme evaluation of an established biodiversity compensation fund and associated projects (associated with pipeline expansion) in western Canada. We independently assessed the efficacy of the process and governance structure put in place to manage the fund, and seeking recommendations for improvement. The final report from this project can be found here.

NB: For the sake of transparency on our position, Wild Business consider that biodiversity offsets could potentially play a useful role for nature conservation in the UK – but with greater limitations imposed than the approach recently under consultation.

WB lead: J. Bull

 

Rewilding

In partnership with academic and public and private sector collaborators, Wild Business is currently helping to develop the theoretical basis for further, large-scale rewilding projects in the UK. This work will result in a set of publications that detail the potential for practical rewilding, as well as capturing contemporary issues on the topic and the outcomes of key international rewilding meetings. This is a particularly dynamic topic at this point in time.

Organisations for which Wild Business has been commissioned to provide work for include Rewilding Europe, and the newly established Rewilding Britain. In addition, we have received funding to pursue the development of rewilding technologies from the Green Growth platform.

A charitable spin-off from Wild Business that encourages regional and local scale rewilding projects is Wild4Good, and a particularly active associate in this regard is Rewilding Sussex.

WB lead: C. Sandom