Appendix L: Independent Expert Panel Checklist

Guidelines for IEP evaluation of a ISBM project

This methodology is written for independent use, outside of certification bodies, and also for use with multiple certifiers — each of whom may adjust IEP evaluations as per internal protocols.

IEP composition

An IEP must include at minimum,:

  1. A qualified biologist with field expertise in the ecosystem of the BCP.

  2. A topographer with competent licensing in the jurisdiction of the BCP.

  3. A legal expert who can validate contracts and land paperwork.

  4. (Optional) Translation staff.

IEP evaluation checklist

A basic checklist for IEP validation includes:




Site visit

  • Ground-truthing site verification of FPIC

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