In well-developed bioeconomy projects, initial site planning, placement of facilities, and mitigation of potential environmental risks, are the factors that help improves a project’s chance of overall economic success. It is critical for project developers and land managers to work together in developing optimization models that guide systematic, multi-objective planning efforts, collectively including biodiversity and other natural resource features with minimal displacement of human interests. Ideally, agricultural feedstock development for a project facility could even complement existing conservation efforts while also providing a sustained yield for processing. Synergies such as these will not only ensure the long-term success of the project economically, but better ensure they are the most environmentally and socially sustainable options as well.
It is critical that experts selected for evaluating facility locations and additional site planning are holistic in their approach. Experts should have a strong background in socio-economic and natural resource modeling and use of decision support systems to provide several options to developers and investors for facility placement. Experts should also have a good handle on the types of permits and regulatory barriers that may be faced by project developers within a given area. The use of sound science in justifying facility placement will help to negate any future litigation that may arise.
With over 150 consultants worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has the diverse experts and geographical reach to assist in virtually any bioeconomy project, including environmental risks. Our highly qualified teams bring a unique integration of technical, scientific, regulatory and hands on experience to any project. Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information