A common theme running throughout our work is that a healthy natural environment provides the foundation for sustainable economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing. We therefore support new policy approaches based on the concepts of natural capital and integrated management of natural resources. These concepts will shape our future work and enable us to maintain our success into the future.
The environment in which JNCC is operating is changing rapidly, for example in response to the UK’s exit from the European Union, with more diverse policies within the UK, enabled by further devolution, budget pressures within the public sector, and the application of new knowledge and technologies. JNCC is going through an exciting period of transformation to address these challenges and opportunities.
JNCC’s Corporate Services teams
Our Corporate Services teams provide support services, based on specialised knowledge and best practices to the Science teams. Corporate Services consist of: Finance and Planning, Facilities, Health and Safety, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Business Development and Marketing, and Human Resources.
JNCC’s Science teams
Organised into eight Science teams, we carry out a wide range of activities in support of our role in providing high-quality evidence and advice on the natural environment to governments and other stakeholders. We have particular expertise in:
- Environmental policy and legislation – UK, EU and global
- Environmental science – broad spectrum of ecological knowledge (marine and terrestrial)
- Data management, data modelling and analysis, development and application of new technologies
- Working across boundaries – geographical, political and sectoral
- Partnership working
Our science teams work co-operatively on most of our projects, as follows:
Marine Monitoring and Evidence organise offshore seabed surveys with our partners Cefas and Marine Scotland Science, and use biological and protected area data to understand human impacts on the marine environment, providing expert advice to national and international fora.
Marine Ecosystems develops and uses indicators and assessments of marine ecosystems at various scales, involving research and development of methods with national and international partners, to evaluate the state of the marine environment. Three broad work areas relate to MPA work: offshore MPA operational advice, MPA designations and network advice, and international MPA advice.
The Marine Management Team provides evidence-based advice on the environmental impacts of activities, particularly offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, aggregate extraction and fisheries, taking place in the offshore marine environment to appropriate authorities responsible for their regulation under relevant legislation, including the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive.
The Marine Species Team provides expert advice on conservation of marine species in UK, European and international waters, with a focus on marine mammals (particularly cetaceans) and birds. They work closely with other teams responsible for marine protected areas, evidence and management.
Ecosystems Analysis works in partnership with bodies undertaking species surveillance in terrestrial, coastal and freshwater ecosystems through networks of volunteers to obtain and analyse long-term datasets using state of the art models, in conjunction with earth observation data processing and analytics, to predict outcomes from changing land uses and environmental pressures.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has responsibility for advising on the Ecosystem Approach, natural capital and ecosystem services, environmental economics and managing major thematic work related to these areas, for governments. The team co-ordinates the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) UK Stakeholder Hub.
The International Team provides advice across the range of multi-lateral environmental agreements to which the UK is Party, including the CBD and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and advises on European environmental issues. The team also works with the UK’s Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories.
Digital and Data Solutions are responsible for delivering a diverse portfolio of projects within JNCC. The team is responsible for the technical underpinnings behind JNCC's work, as well as innovative approaches to data, information management, and systems delivery. Projects are cross-cutting, and work collaboratively within JNCC and with external partners to deliver good information management processes.