It gives me great pride to introduce this Annual
Report in my first year as Chairman of JNCC. We have entered into
an important period of change for the organisation, and much has
already been achieved to take us forward into a new era of nature
The first JNCC strategy was endorsed by Committee in June
2004, and will guide all our actions in the years to come. It will
bring significant changes in what we do and how we work.
Our new strategy is the culmination of two years of hard work
and deliberation and has three elements:
- The Vision sets out our aspirations for wildlife and natural
features, and how we see them contributing to everyone's quality of
- The Mission Statement outlines the purpose, character and
future direction of JNCC;
- The eight Strategic Objectives encapsulate our priorities for
the next ten years.
A great deal of planning has taken place during the report
year to prepare us for the implementation of the strategy. We have
already seen a change of direction. Our activities will now be more
focused on the international arena, and sit within the framework of
sustainable development, rather than dealing with nature
conservation issues in isolation.
Another important progression has been the establishment of
the JNCC Support Co in March 2005. This should bring greater
stability for all our staff, as they go about the business of
providing advice and sharing knowledge to protect and enhance our
environment, both in the UK and on a European and global
In particular, I would like to thank David Ingram for holding
the fort to ensure that all this important business could continue
to progress throughout this landmark period. We can be proud that
JNCC has put in place the foundations for a whole-UK approach to
nature conservation at home and abroad, and the mechanisms to
enable us to see clearly the challenges ahead.