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.


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.




Our vision is to be a provider of innovative solutions, placing nature at the heart of sustainable wealth and wellbeing.


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.




To be an impartial scientific authority on UK and international nature conservation. As a public body we advise governments, and work in partnership with business and society. Our people are dedicated to providing high-quality evidence and advice on the natural environment, for the benefit of current and future generations.


JNCC has a strong record of success. For over 25 years we have provided robust evidence and trusted advice on nature conservation to enable governments in the UK to achieve their policy objectives. Our strategy will enable us to maintain our success into the future by responding to the following opportunities and challenges:


  • increasing awareness of the value of the natural environment in supporting economic growth and underpinning people's wellbeing;
  • more diverse policies within the UK, enabled by further devolution;
  • the UK's exit from the European Union;
  • budget pressures, which are driving the public sector to reassess priorities and how they are delivered;
  • new and emerging knowledge and technologies.


A theme running throughout our strategy is that a healthy natural environment provides the foundation for sustainable economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing. Our strategy therefore supports new policy approaches based on the concepts of natural capital and integrated management of natural resources. These concepts will shape our future work.  

2017 JNCC Strategy



Our strategy will deliver five high-level outcomes


  1. High-quality evidence on biodiversity and ecosystems to inform decisions affecting the environment.
  2. Beneficial environmental outcomes for the UK through international leadership.
  3. Cost-effective delivery of devolved environmental priorities through shared solutions and joint working.
  4. Sustainable economic growth through a healthy environment in the UK's offshore marine waters.
  5. Excellent, customer focused delivery.    






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July 2017