Annual Report and Accounts for year ending 31 March 2011
(2011)
JNCC
Printed in the UK by The Stationery Office Limited on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office
JNCC's Annual Report and Accounts for year ending 31 March 2011.
 
 

Annual Report and Accounts for year ending 31 March 2011

Chair’s introduction

 

The financial year ending 31 March 2011 saw the election of a Coalition Government in Westminster, with a far-reaching programme of reform for the whole public sector. Soon after election, the Government took steps to tackle the structural deficit in public finances. Controls on certain types of expenditure were put in place and in-year reductions in funding for departments and their arms-length bodies (including JNCC) were announced. Later in the year, the Spending Review set out financial profiles for the period 2011-15, with substantial reductions in funding for most areas.
 
Throughout 2010/11 we continued to fulfil our core role of providing evidence and advice relating to UK-wide and international nature conservation to our principal funding and sponsoring bodies: the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. Our efforts have been focused on reinforcing and developing our strategic strengths: providing an evidence base for policy development and implementation within the UK, advising on international aspects of nature conservation, and supporting nature conservation in offshore marine waters.
 
In response to budgetary constraints, we rigorously reassessed our priorities, both within 2010/11 and for the future. This has required us to stop, or reduce, work in some areas, while gearing up for new challenges in others, especially to help UK and devolved governments meet their obligations for nature conservation in the marine environment. We have also continued to achieve efficiency savings across all parts of our business.
 
JNCC has always placed great emphasis on collaboration with other organisations – with the country nature conservation bodies, other statutory bodies, and non-governmental organisations. During 2010/11, we strengthened and extended partnerships, in particular with non-governmental organisations involved in biodiversity monitoring and with organisations working in the marine environment, and we will continue to build these partnerships in the future.
 
Inevitably, budgetary constraints have affected JNCC’s ability to meet the targets in our business plan for 2010/11, and we have made less progress than anticipated in some areas. Nevertheless, out of 42 key performance indicators, 35 were substantially or fully achieved by the end of the year. This represents a significant contribution to UK, European and wider international nature conservation.
 
Recognising all the challenges in the public service environment, JNCC will continue to play our part, with all our government and non-government partners, in working towards a greener and more sustainable UK in 2011/12 and beyond.
 
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ISBN 9780102972290
 
Please cite as: JNCC, (2011), Annual Report and Accounts for year ending 31 March 2011, Printed in the UK by The Stationery Office Limited on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, ISBN 9780102972290