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2016

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 73
(23 August 2016)

The Summer 2016 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 4.1Mb) was published on 23 August 2016.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 72
(18 May 2016)

The Spring 2016 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.9Mb) was published on 18 May 2016.

 

Scotland's Land Use Strategy 2016–2021 published
(22 March 2016)

Following a period of review and consultation, the Land Use Strategy 2016-2021 was published on 22 March 2016. This is Scotland's second Land Use Strategy, and builds on the foundations of the first strategy, retaining the Vision, Objectives and Principles for Sustainable Land Use.

 

The Environment (Wales) Act receives Royal Assent
(21 March 2016)

The Environment (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 21 March 2016.  The Act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 71
(19 January 2016)

The Winter 2015/16 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.9Mb) was published on 19 January 2016.

 

UK Biodiversity Indicators 2015
(19 January 2016)

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were updated on 19 January 2016.

 

 

2015

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 70
(10 November 2015)

The Autumn 2015 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.3Mb) was published on 10 November 2015.

 

Publication of the Second Report of the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework's Implementation Plan
(October 2015)

The 2nd Report against the Implementation Plan of the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was published in October 2015.

 

'Valuing Nature: A biodiversity strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020'
(1 July 2015)

The new biodiversity strategy for Northern Ireland, 'Valuing Nature', was published on 1 July 2015.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 69
(1 July 2015)

The Summer 2015 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 2.3Mb) was published on 1 July 2015.

 

'Scotland's Biodiversity – a route map to 2020'
(25 June 2015)

'Scotland's Biodiversity – a route map to 2020' was published on 25 June 2015. The Route Map sets out the priority work over the next five years to help Scotland deliver the ‘2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity’ to meet the international Aichi Targets for biodiversity. Action is co-ordinated into six ‘Big Steps for Nature’, under which priority projects are identified which focus on delivering benefits for biodiversity.

 

'A Snapshot of the State of Wales' Natural Resources'
(16 June 2015)

A 'Snapshot of the State of Wales' Natural Resources' was published on 16 June 2015.

 

Scotland's 'Land Use Strategy Progress Statement'
(8 June 2015)

The 'Land Use Strategy Progress Statement' for Scotland was published on 8 June 2015.

 

Environment (Wales) Bill
(11 May 2015)

The Environment (Wales) Bill was introduced on 11 May 2015.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 68
(22 April 2015)

The Spring 2015 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.6Mb) was published on 22 April 2015.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 67
(14 January 2015)

The Winter 2014/15 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 2.6Mb) was published on 14 January 2015.

 

 

2014

UK Biodiversity Indicators 2014
(4 December 2014)

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were updated on 4 December 2014.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 66
(4 November 2014)

The Autumn 2014 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 4.3Mb) was published on 4 November 2014.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 65
(30 June 2014)

The Summer 2014 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 2.4Mb) was published on 30 June 2014.

 

8th UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF8)
(4 June 2014)

The 8th meeting of the UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF8) was held at the Royal Society, London, on 4 June 2014.

 

UK 5th National Report to the CBD submitted and available online
(2 May 2014)

The UK's 5th National Report to the CBD was submitted on the 2 May 2014, and is available to download from the CBD's website.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 64
(23 April 2014)

The Spring 2014 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 2.7Mb) was published on 23 April 2014.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 63
(22 January 2014)

The Winter 2014 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.8Mb) was published on 22 January 2014.

 

'From Evidence to Opportunity: State of the Environment for Northern Ireland 2013'
(January 2014)

'From Evidence to Opportunity' (PDF, 4.7Mb) was published in January 2014.  It is Northern Ireland's second State of the Environment Report.

 

 

2013

Publication of the first Annual Report of the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework's Implementation Plan
(December 2013)

The 1st Annual Report against the Implementation Plan of the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was published in December 2013.

 

Launch of the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework Implementation Plan
(November 2013)

The Implementation Plan of the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was published in November 2013.

 

UK Biodiversity Indicators in Your Pocket (BIYP) 2013
(24 October 2013)

The UK Biodiversity Indicators (Biodiversity Indicators in Your Pocket - BIYP) were updated on 24 October 2013.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 62
(23 October 2013)

The Autumn 2013 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.0Mb) was published on 23 October 2013.

 

Biodiversity 2020: simple guide and progress update
(July 2013)

A simple guide to Biodiversity 2020 and a progress update was published by Defra on 30 July 2013.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 61
(July 2013)

The Summer 2013 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 7.1Mb) was published on 17 July 2013.

 

7th UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF7)
(5 July 2013)

The 7th meeting of the UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF7) was held at the Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, on 5 July 2013.

 

'2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity – A Strategy for the Conservation and Enhancement of Biodiversity in Scotland'
(June 2013)

The '2020 Challenge for Scotland's Biodiversity' was published in June 2013. This document is Scotland's response to the Aichi Targets set by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and the European Union's Biodiversity Strategy for 2020. It is a supplement to 'Scotland's Biodiversity: It's in Your Hands', published in 2004.

 

Natural Resources Wales becomes operational
(1 April 2013)

The new body in Wales, Natural Resources Wales, became operational on 1 April 2013. It will be the largest sponsored public body in Wales, bringing together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), the Environment Agency Wales, and the Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of the Welsh Government.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 60
(14 March 2013)

The Winter 2013 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.7Mb) was published on 14 March 2013.

 

 

2012

6th UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF6)
(5-6 December 2012)

The 6th meeting of the UK Biodiversity Indicators Forum (BIF6) was held at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, on 5-6 December 2012.  

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 59
(29 October 2012)

The Autumn 2012 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 4.5Mb) was published on 29 October 2012.

 

Launch of the 'UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework'
(17 July 2012)

The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was launched on 17 July 2012.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 58
(10 July 2012)

The Summer 2012 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 2Mb) was published on 10 July 2012.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 57
(12 June 2012)

The Spring 2012 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 4.6Mb) was published on 12 June 2012.

 

UK Biodiversity Indicators in Your Pocket (BIYP) 2012
(29 May 2012)

The UK Biodiversity Indicators (Biodiversity Indicators in Your Pocket - BIYP) were updated on 29 May 2012.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 56
(7 March 2012)

The Winter 2012 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 9.3Mb) was published on 7 March 2012.

 

 

2011

The identification of UK BAP priority rivers: generating a spreadsheet of potential, or candidate, qualifying river water bodies
(15 December 2011)

A background document, describing the criteria for identifying potential UK BAP priority rivers, and a spreadsheet listing the river water bodies identified, has been created by the Rivers Steering Group. Further information can be found at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4863.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 55
(10 November 2011)

The Autumn 2011 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 11.0Mb) was published on 10 November 2011.

 

Letter to UK HAP and SAP group chairs and lead partners
(8 November 2011)

A letter has been sent to all known HAP and SAP groups following a meeting of the UK Standing Committee (UKSC) in May 2011, which confirmed that the UK HAP and SAP groups are no longer accountable at a UK level. UKSC acknowledged that the groups could provide useful fora for the exchange of ideas and best practice, but recommended that the organisations providing the staff and resources for the groups need to take a view as to whether the investment is still worthwhile. The UKSC also emphasised that implementation of biodiversity policy is now a devolved issue, and therefore any ongoing group needs to main appropriate contact with each country's lead delivery body on priority for action.
A copy of the letter is available here: Letter to HAPs and SAPS - 8 November 2011.

 

The River Macrophytes Database

(September 2011)

The River Macrophytes Database (RMD) is now available on-line. The JNCC River Macrophytes Database (RMD) is a Microsoft Access database constructed to house data on the plant communities of rivers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It includes data from over 7,000 survey sites and is the most comprehensive database of its kind. Data have been collected from all over the UK between 1977 and the present day following the methods of Holmes et al. (1999).

For further information, go to: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5815

 

England Biodiversity Strategy – 'Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services'
(19 August 2011)

The England Biodiversity Strategy – 'Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services' was published on 19 August 2011. This new strategy for England builds on the Natural Environment White Paper and provides a picture of how England is implementing its international and EU commitments.

 

'Biodiversity News' – Issue 54
(23 June 2011)

The Summer 2011 edition of 'Biodiversity News' (PDF, 3.87Mb) was published on 23 June 2011.

 

The Natural Environment White Paper 'The Natural Choice'
(7 June 2011)

The Natural Environment White Paper  'The Natural Choice' was published in June 2011. This paper outlines the Government's vision for the natural environment in England over the next 40 years.

 

The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA)
(2 June 2011)

The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), was launched on 2 June 2011. It is the first analysis of the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity.

 

UK Biodiversity Indicators in Your Pocket (BIYP) 2011
(20 May 2011)

The UK Biodiversity Indicators (Biodiversity Indicators in Your Pocket - BIYP) were updated on 20 May 2011.

 

New EU Biodiversity Strategy launched
(3 May 2011)

Following on from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in Nagoya, Japan, European Commissioners endorsed an updated EU Biodiversity Strategy, which was published on 3 May 2011. 'Our Life Insurance, Our Natural Capital: an EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020', has six priority targets and 20 associated actions which address biodiversity loss.

 

Scotland's first Land Use Strategy
(17 March 2011)

Scotland's first Land Use Strategy was laid in Parliament on 17 March 2011.

 

 

2010

Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 launched
(October 2010)

The Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 at the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10), in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010.