In order to offset the impact on biodiversity in certified countries, the biodiversity certification strategy includes conservation action on and off the site. The on-site conservation measure is the conclusion of a bio-urbanization agreement to protect 20.13 hectares, implemented at the time of the transfer. The off-site conservation measure is the conclusion of a second biobanking agreement and the retirement of biodiversity credits. The obligation to comply with the off-site biobanring agreement is ensured by a biodiversity certification agreement between the Minister of the Environment, owners and developers. Biodiversity certification can be applied to a wide range of proposals and is available for urban and rural areas. The obligation to implement conservation measures is met by a biodiversity certification agreement between the Minister of the Environment and the Port Macquarie Hastings Council. To compensate for the impact on biodiversity in certified biobiological areas, 444.17 hectares of local vegetation and threatened habitats are protected locally by a biobank agreement. As development will have an impact on Koala habitat and a vegetation community, an additional 40 to 50 hectares of local vegetation and threatened habitats will be provided as offsite compensation to the satisfaction of the OEH, as described in the Biodiversity Certification Assessment and Strategy Report (PDF 21MB). The additional measures ensure that the strategic biodiversity certification process can respond to cumulative effects and support improved conservation outcomes at the landscape or region level. The register contains mandates for biodiversity certification for environmental planning instruments (EPIs) issued under the previous regulation. Anthony Lean, Director General of the Office of the Environment and Heritage, as a delegate to the Minister of the Environment, MP Hon Gabrielle Upton, has entrusted a mandate (PDF 1.7MB) to certify biodiversity under the Threatened Species Conservation Act of 1995 on land at Port Macquarie Airport and surrounding areas. The Biodiversity Certification Regulations for Port Macquarie Airport and surrounding lands were published on September 7, 2018 in the NSW Government Gazette. Note: In accordance with Article 37 of the Saving and Transitional Regulation 2017, biodiversity certification is considered a field biodiversity certification indicated in Part 8 of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
The country that is subject to biodiversity certification is described in schedule 7, Part 7 Biocertification of Sydney Region Growth Centres SEPP and Related EPIs in the Threatened Species Act 1995. Because biodiversity certification focuses on the potential effects on biodiversity when planning for land use changes early, it encourages planning authorities and landowners to design their development footprints to avoid and minimize effects on land with biodiversity values. Ideally, these areas are protected from the effects of future development. As a result, the impact of biodiversity certificates on biodiversity is assessed by the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) – the method used to assess the impact on different sites under the biodiversity compensation system. This ensures consistency in biodiversity outcomes within the planning system. The Minister of Climate Change and the Environment has adopted a regulation applying biodiversity certification for the 2010 Albury 2010 local plan between February 25, 2011 and February 24, 2021.