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UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework

The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework (July 2012)

The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was published on 17 July 2012. It was produced by JNCC and Defra, on behalf of the Four Countries' Biodiversity Group (4CBG), through which the environment departments of all four governments in the UK work together.  The Framework covers the period from 2011 to 2020, and was developed in response to two main drivers: the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its five strategic goals and 20 'Aichi Targets', published in October 2010; and the EU Biodiversity Strategy (EUBS), released in May 2011.

The Framework shows how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the 'Aichi Targets' and the aims of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. It identifies the activities required to complement the country biodiversity strategies, and where work in the country strategies contributes to international obligations. In total, 23 areas of work were identified where all the countries agreed that they wanted to contribute to, and benefit from, a continued UK focus.

The development of the Framework reflects a revised direction for nature conservation, towards an approach which aims to consider the management of the environment as a whole, and to acknowledge and take into account the value of nature in decision-making. The Framework sets out the common purpose and shared priorities of the UK and the four countries, and, as such, is a hugely important document, which is to be owned, governed, and implemented by the four countries.

The Framework, along with it's Implementation Plans, and reports, is available on JNCC's Resource Hub.

The Framework’s Implementation Plan

The first Implementation Plan was produced for the Framework in November 2013.  The Plan was relatively high level, and includes details of the milestones which were agreed for the 23 areas of work identified in the Framework.  Reporting is against the milestones, of which there were 60 covering the period up to 2015. 

An updated and revised Plan was produced in 2018.  Development of a revised Implementation Plan (2018) became necessary because many of the milestones within the original plan (2013) were due to be completed or to expire in or around the year 2015.  In addition, there had been a number of changes both at a country- and UK-level since the Framework and the original Plan were produced.  For example, approaches to biodiversity conservation have become more devolved, and several new concepts relating to biodiversity conservation have emerged.  It was therefore agreed by the Four Countries’ Biodiversity Group that, for the remainder of the life of the Framework (which extends to 2020), the Plan should be radically simplified, in order to focus on high-priority activities and to reduce unnecessary reporting burden.

 

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Reporting on the UK Framework’s Implementation Plan

Reporting on progress with the Implementation Plan is also undertaken, to outline progress towards each of the milestones.  Two reports were produced for the original Implementation Plan, in December 2013 and October 2015.

 

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