South32 has developed a holistic land management program titled ‘Intelligent Land Management’ or ILM in order to transform South32 landholdings, which are otherwise unused, into areas that increase climate resilience and generate shared financial, social and environmental value.
Niche has recently completed the ILM Assessment for South32’s Illawarra Metallurgical Coal (IMC) operations, building on our very long partnership with IMC to deliver a range of projects that will align to the four principles of ILM project design: protecting biodiversity, preserving an ecosystem service, community legacy and financial independence.
“South32’s commitment to the long-term planning of its sites for the benefit of their host communities and the environment is truly beyond compliance,” said Niche’s founding director Matthew Richardson, who led the IMC ILM Assessment.
“To be granted the opportunity to take a step back and understand the IMC future land use requirements and then to marry that with the known and predicted community land use needs for the next five or six decades is pretty special. To have the opportunity to partner with our clients to design robust, strategic projects that will live long in the landscape and benefit both the environment and future generations in the region is one of the key reasons for Niche to exist,” he continued.
Having completed the IMC ILM Assessment in August this year, Niche in partnership with Pershke Consulting and Greening Australia have recently been awarded the opportunity to deliver the ILM Assessment of South32’s Cannington Operations in QLD. The Cannington ILM Assessment will be completed by June 2020.