Upon request and with co-funding from the Northern and Southern Provinces, RESCCUE contracted a team of consultants led by BIOTOPE to:

  • Assess the existence, use and effects of environmental assessments as well as biodiversity offset practices in New Caledonia through extensive consultations and a detailed analysis of 32 case studies;
  • Identify the main current and future issues regarding the regulatory framework and governance of offsets;
  • Conduct a participatory analysis of the strengths and weaknesses revealed by the background research;
  • Produce a roadmap to pave the way for strengthened mitigation hierarchy implementation.

A top priority for Provinces, RESCCUE then led the participatory development of a methodological guide to environmental impact assessment and mitigation hierarchy implementation in New Caledonia.