In partnership, CDM Smith and Biotropica Australia can offer clients a highly specialised range of tropical environmental management skills in locations across northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and South-east Asia. Together, our companies have an unparalleled background in all aspects of environment and engineering and an ability to deliver solutions in the most challenging locations.
In our most recent project, Brett Taylor, CDM Smith senior fauna ecologist and Nigel Tucker, principal environmental scientist from Biotropica Australia are working together to develop an Invasive Species Plan for the key Papua New Guinea (PNG) assets of Australian oil producer – Oil Search Ltd.
Nigel has nearly 30 years of invasive species management experience across the tropics, a decade of which was in PNG, whilst Brett’s knowledge of tropical vertebrate and invertebrate pest fauna is similarly significant, extending from northern Queensland through to Indonesia. Our specialist experts have completed extensive on-ground surveys in some of Papua New Guinea’s most remote terrain to identify pest plants and animals. This involved working in Nothofagus environments above 1500m through to the lowland swamps of the Kikori Delta.
Together, they are assisting Oil Search Limited as the Company strives for continuous improvement in environmental sustainability in PNG’s sensitive tropical environments. The data collected by Nigel and Brett, enhanced by the extensive in-house datasets and collective team knowledge within CDM Smith and Biotropica Australia, is now being used to develop plans for action, awareness and monitoring.
With significant experience on large and complex infrastructure projects, CDM Smith and Biotropica Australia’s ability to work productively has consistently demonstrated a commitment to product delivery that is timely, effective and of the highest quality. Together, CDM Smith and Biotropica Australia look forward to working with other resource companies in PNG and south-east Asia, to deliver truly integrated environmental and engineering solutions.