Nature conservation authorities, public authorities and state agencies charged with nature conservation responsibilities do their very best to fulfil their statutory and scientific functions with their available resources. When internal resources aren’t available or cannot be allocated to a project in the timeframe required, MKO can provide the additional resources and expertise required while working in conjunction with staff of nature conservation authorities or taking sole responsibility for delivering an entire project on their behalf.
Gathering baseline scientific data, managing and undertaking large-scale survey efforts or specific seasonal surveys, or preparing conservation status reports, can all present challenges when the personnel resources of the conservation authorities are dealing with all their other responsibilities. The outsourcing of this work by authorities is now increasingly common when time or resources don’t permit it to be undertaken “in-house”.
Nature conservation authorities and public authorities responsible for the Appropriate Assessment (AA) are also increasingly gathering their own data to fulfill their AA functions as competent authorities. Many authorities have come to accept they must take responsibility for gathering their own scientific data, particularly when it would be unrealistic for any one project applicant to survey some of the very extensive nature conservation sites designated as SPAs or SACs.