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.