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Environmental Impact Studies

Whether a project requires environmental impact assessment (EIA) as part of a planning permit application, planning scheme amendment, a works approval, draft Work Plan or an assessment is required by the developer or regulator to mitigate risks and impacts for peace of mind, the Landserv team specialises in managing multi-disciplinary teams to prepare and deliver successful environmental and planning assessment and approvals, including preparation of referral documentation for relevant environmental assessment and approval legislation (e.g. Environment Effects Act 1978 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999).

An EIA is not intended to provide a veto over a project and if constraints are identified, Landserv takes care to work through sustainable solutions with its proponent clients, regulatory authorities and key stakeholders.

The strength approach to environment and planning approvals is to commence with preparation of an Environmental and Planning Approval Strategy identifying the key environmental, planning and policy issues as well as the most appropriate and efficient approach to a successful approval.  Landserv also has the capabilities to prepare consultation programs and plans where required (e.g required as a component of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process in Victoria), as well as capabilities in preparing Environmental Management Plans, which are often required as part of the environmental or planning approval.

Environmental Risk Assessment

Landserv’s Environmental Services team offers extensive capability in Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA).  We work in the areas of public land management, environmental planning and legislation, conservation management and catchment management; often appropriate management is underpinned by knowledge of environmental risk.  Landserv usually runs a series of risk assessment workshops in which the issues list derived from the desktop environmental impact will be finalised and agreed and the ERA conducted including ranking of risks and identification of mitigating measures.  The qualitative methodology to be used will be consistent with AS 4360.

Often a major component of the environmental and risk assessments will include a detailed assessment of the viability and cost of GHG reduction measures for the overall project with the objective of achieving a net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Our team has undertaken many of these, several of which have been for major infrastructure projects such as the ARTC mainline upgrade between Melbourne and Sydney and the Australian Grand Prix.

Climate Change Adaption Studies

Responding to climate change has generally taken the twin-track approach of mitigation and adaptation.  Mitigation of climate change involves taking action aimed at reducing the extent or likelihood of global climatic change.  Typically mitigation will involve reducing greenhouse gas emissions either through improved energy efficiency or implementing alternative energy options.  This is in contrast to Adaptation which involves taking action to take advantage of the positive effects of climate change while preventing or minimizing the negative effects.

Landserv staff have been appointed to the panel of consultants to deliver the Local Adaptation Pathways Project. As such Landserv staff in Victoria has delivered 8 projects to clients, including a multi-regional adaptation strategy and industry strategies in Victoria. Landserv’s basic plan is usually tailored with you and involves an adaption plan of activities supported by a risk assessment and local downscaling of climate data. Landserv will assist you to manage critical risk to your long-term sustainability and a non-core function, to do so Landserv can assist you to;

  • Assess the risks from climate change to existing infrastructure, assets, processes or to future infrastructure, assets, processes being designed to current standards;
  • Prioritise aspects needing adaptation;
  • Assess feasibility of concepts for making the chosen adaptations;
  • Design the feasible chosen adaptations;
  • Help gain planning / environmental approvals for the designed adaptations; and
  • Manage the construction / implementation of the adaptation options selected;
  • Communicate the multidisciplinary issues involved so as to empower informed decision making;
  • Integrate the social, environmental and economic assessments of issues and risks;
  • Engineering and scientific skills including those relating to climate modelling at the local / regional scale, and oceanic hydrography;
  • Planning and regulatory approval skills;
  • Probabilistic uncertainty, risk analysis; and
  • A variety of software and computational / modelling tools.

Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation

Landserv has formal training and experience in preparing, implementing, reporting on and reviewing environmental monitoring and evaluation programs. We have had experience in programs that have developed plans for a variety of ecosystem types including Ramsar wetlands, stressed rivers, coastal communities, native grasslands and grassy woodlands, stormwater treatment wetlands, golf courses, and for threatened species recovery. Our scientists use the latest science on objective and indicator relationships to develop targeted programs that result in meaningful data analysis, interpretation and outcomes.

Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design

Landserv’s Environmental Services team members have provided high level environmental statistical and data analysis services throughout Australia and internationally. We have professional skills in designing statistically robust projects and detailed data analysis techniques. Our success in providing statistical data services comes from the breadth of our experience in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, GIS analyses, environmental engineering, soils and catchment management, geomorphology and hydrology. Our technical expertise in statistical and data analysis techniques enables us to deliver rigorous, robust and insightful statistical analyses.

Landserv’s recent experience includes statistical analysis of environmental monitoring projects, Bayesian analysis and Null Hypothesis testing of complex data sets, analysis of complex data sets utilising computer-intensive iterative model fitting methods, boot-strapping and Monte Carlo techniques, and GIS methods.

We have statistical and data analysis experience in the follow key areas: the aquatic environment, contaminated sites; groundwater; mine rehabilitation; residential development; terrestrial environment (vegetation quality and extent) and threatened flora and fauna species management. Landserv staff have experience in: Analysis of Variance (and multivariate ANOVA); analysis of satellite tracking data; correlation; ecological association analysis; GIS analysis of potential impacts from urban development and infrastructure projects; interpretation of probable threatened species habitat using GIS analysis; linear regression; modelling of stormwater treatment trains; ordination and classification multivariate techniques; repeated measures techniques; response surface modelling and related contour methods; simple statistics (t-tests, chi-squared analysis, Z-tests, etc); and statistical power and associated effect size sampling design.

Wetland protection and Constructed Wetland Design

In undertaking an assessment the characterisation of a wetland its value is often dependant on its watering regime, either natural or imposed. Our team have extensive experience in determining the values and threats to wetland assets, setting watering regimes and undertaking rehabilitation planning and monitoring to ensure the required outcome is achieved. Often protection can lead to better quality outcomes and provide potential offsets for development.

Our team is also highly skilled at working with waterway engineers to develop Water Sensitive designs and created wetlands are often a major focus of this process. In developing species specific plans and targeting species for specific offsets, we work with designers and planners to create both a community amenity and a wetland-waterway complex that provides valued habitat.

We also can prepare design specifications for buffer zones, habitat links, streetscapes and constructed wetland systems for stormwater retention and treatment.