Biodiversity Benefits Toolkit

This biodiversity benefits toolkit has been developed for the New South Wales Environmental Services Scheme to assist landowners in assessing the benefits to biodiversity that are likely to result from a change in the way they use their land.

The Toolkit is a product of collaboration between key government departments and stakeholders in NSW and Victoria including DIPNR, DEC and DPI (Forests NSW). It has been designed to: 1) Score the current biodiversity value of a site 2) Estimate the magnitude and direction of change in biodiversity value resulting from land use change 3) Incorporate these current and potential values into a Biodiversity Benefits Index.

The toolkit is unique in that it has been designed to cover a wide range of alternative vegetation options, including commercial and environmental native tree plantings as well as other typical land use changes on farmland