Protecting the environment through the active management of biodiversity

Integrated natural resource management is essential for the long-term sustainability of our natural environment. SMEC specialises in all areas of natural resource management, including the planning and permitting related to legislation for the protection of terrestrial and aquatic species and their habitats.

Our expertise

We operate across all project phases, and have the capacity to provide preliminary due diligence, detailed assessments, design and impact minimisation stages, and support during construction and post-construction phases. We can also design and implement specific investigations to suit project requirements, where tailored monitoring, data analysis, auditing and evaluation may be required. 


Our team of planners, ecologists and botanists are experienced in working with land management agencies, water authorities, planning authorities, local government, and the broader community, to better understand and manage natural resources. 

Specialist capabilities

Our service offerings have been developed and refined to protect natural resources and include:

  • Preliminary and due diligence flora, fauna and aquatic assessments
  • Detailed flora, fauna and aquatic field assessments
  • Targeted surveys for threatened flora and fauna
  • Ecological monitoring, including the use of satellite and radio telemetry
  • drone technologies and remote, automated solutions
  • Thermal imaging surveys
  • Bird and bat utilisation surveys
  • Avifauna management plans
  • Threatened species management plans
  • Assistance with acquiring offsets and third-party covenants
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Wind farm-specific assessment and approvals
  • Pest animal management plans
  • Fauna capture and relocation (including threatened species)
  • Weed assessment, mapping and management plans
  • Land management plans
  • Independent technical peer reviews
  • Expert witness statements
  • Specialist technical advisory services
  • Animal trapping (cages, elliott and hair tubes)
  • Marine plant survey and assessment
  • Vegetation community assessment, delineation and assessment
  • Ecological rehabilitation and restoration plans
  • Animal breeding place identification, assessment and management
  • Protected plant flora surveys
  • Design, siting and monitoring of fauna crossing infrastructure (land bridges, rope bridges, glider poles, etc.)
  • Mark-recapture statistics (to estimate survival rates and population sizes)
  • Distance sampling
  • Home-range analysis
  • Nest box installation and monitoring.


Talk to one of our global specialists about our Natural Resource Management solutions.