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Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a methodology used for assessing the environmental impacts associated with products throughout their lifecycle. Many impacts are accounted for within the LCA framework, such as air & water pollutants and global warming. However, biodiversity impacts have received little attention. For example, LCAs on Palm Oil plantations in the tropics might indicate there are positive greenhouse outcomes because of biofuel production, but at present LCA does not have a method to incorporate potential biodiversity impacts associated with the loss of tropical rainforests.

To address this we proposed a semi-quantitative methodology for estimating biodiversity impacts for inclusion in LCA (click for pdf) which we are currently testing. The method considers the impacts of a regionally specific process, e.g. native forest harvesting in south-eastern NSW. We typically consider a process that produces a product (e.g. timber) and results in an ecological disturbance. It is the disturbance impact on biodiversity that we are trying to encapsulate. Estimating the impact of any process on biodiversity requires the consideration of a range of factors separately for each major group, e.g. arboreal mammals.

The purpose of this survey is to capture your expert opinion about the range of factors and general concepts that should be included in the methodology. Any answers you provide are completely anonymous. We thank you in advance for your time and expertise.

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* 1. What is your current role in relation to biodiversity?

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* 2. How long have you been active in the field of biodiversity conservation?