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Marine Biodiversity explored as IMCA joins Nature Positive Forum 

Published on 2 July 2024

IMCA has shared new support around Biodiversity, with a detailed Information Note exploring the topic, as it joins the Nature Positive Forum.  

The Information Note offers a holistic view on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) providing a starting point for Members looking to meet new expectations from clients and recently introduced rules and regulations from the UK government. It also shares links to further information on the topic. 

Commenting on its publication, Mary Ntamark, Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability, said: “Drafted following Member requests for more support in this area, we’re delighted to share a detailed Information Note on Biodiversity Net Gain.” 

“It’s a complex and nuanced topic, with much for Members to consider, and one which historically has not received as much attention as climate or carbon emissions. As a result, there are many uncertainties around the practicalities of BNG and what it will mean for those working on offshore projects.” 

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Mary Ntamark
Technical Adviser – Environmental Sustainability

“While we won’t have all the answers, we are pleased to offer a clear starting point for Members looking to explore the topic in more detail.” 

“I’d also like to thank the representatives from SBM Offshore, DeepOcean, Global Maritime Consultancy, TechnipFMC, Seaway7, Heerema, and Fugro for their input into the document.” 

Nature Positive Forum 

In parallel, IMCA has joined the Nature Positive Forum, a global initiative which brings together a diverse range of organisations that have committed to a ‘nature positive world’ – where nature loss is halted and reversed by 2030, and in full recovery by 2050.  

Members include international business groups and NGOs such as Business for Nature, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Global Reporting Initiative, Wildlife Conservation Society, and WWF. Forum members can input in the development of policies and guidance and learn and share the best practice which will lead to nature-positive outcomes. 

Commenting on IMCA joining the Forum, Mary Ntamark said: “We know there is a global biodiversity crisis, but there is still time for us to turn things around. Progress can be made if we work closely together and are open to learning from shared experiences.” 

“The Forum provides a great platform for closer cross-sector collaboration, allows us to share the diverse experiences of IMCA Members, and creates the opportunity to understand how different industries and organisations are tackling this urgent issue.  

“We hope to be able to share some of the outcomes of our engagement with the Nature Positive Forum with IMCA Members soon and are looking forward to working with Forum members on how we can play our part in reversing nature’s decline by 2030.”