About JNCC


JNCC is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. It was originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and reconstituted by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.  JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair.


Our vision is that:


JNCC is recognised as a reputable provider of high-quality evidence and advice relating to UK-wide and international terrestrial and marine nature conservation, working with the country conservation bodies.


Our work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity and sustaining natural systems. These provide the core services upon which humans depend, including fresh water, clean air and food. In this way they contribute to economic growth and social well-being and are integral to sustainable development.


From this perspective we derive our mission:


JNCC provides evidence and advice to assist the UK government and devolved administrations in developing and implementing coherent domestic and international policies on the protection of natural resources as an integral part of sustainable development. The evidence and advice covers biodiversity issues which arise in one or more country within the UK and affect the interests of the UK as a whole, in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and, where appropriate, internationally. JNCC disseminates knowledge to foster understanding of these issues.


Wise decisions are informed decisions. Better policy making, improved planning, innovative development and effective risk management depend on having reliable and current information on the status and trends of biodiversity as well as full cost and benefit implications. JNCC’s role is to provide evidence, information and advice to enable decisions to be taken that protect natural resources and environmental systems. Our advice has a strong focus on the development and implementation of the ecosystem approach, as a mechanism for achieving integrated management of land, water and living resources. We aim to develop the knowledge base on ecosystem services, and contribute to the national debate on how understanding and valuing natural capital helps deliver sustainable development of the UK’s land- and seascapes.


Support is provided to the Joint Committee by a company (JNCC Support Co) set up and controlled by the Committee solely for that purpose. The company employs staff who provide scientific and technical expertise on global, European and national aspects of nature conservation, and skills in working with other organisations.


Strategic goals


Guided by our vision and mission, through the provision of evidence, information and advice JNCC will make a distinctive contribution to three inter-related strategic goals:


i.   Decisions affecting the natural environment are informed by a sound UK, EU and global evidence base.

ii.  The UK government and devolved administrations meet their international obligations and achieve favourable outcomes for biodiversity in the UK, its Overseas Territories and internationally.

iii. The UK’s offshore marine waters are healthy, clean and biologically diverse.


Objective 1. Maintain and develop biodiversity surveillance programmes, sufficient to achieve policy and statutory obligations cost-effectively

Objective 2. Provide access to, and reporting of, information, evidence and knowledge on UK and international biodiversity to support decision-making at local to international scales

Objective 3. Provide advice to enable UK and devolved governments to meet their EU and international obligations for biodiversity and sustainable development

Objective 4. Enable UK administrations to substantially complete the UK network of well-managed marine protected areas, sufficient to meet national, EU and international requirements

Objective 5. Provide advice on marine biodiversity to enable sustainable management of the offshore environment

Objective 6. Manage and develop the organisation to identify and meet changing demands and opportunities, maximise its effectiveness in achieving our strategic goals and improve operational efficiency.





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August 2012