UK Biodiversity Action Plan
Biodiversity is the amazing variety of life on
earth, all living things, including us.
In the UK 391 species and 45 habitats have
been listed as priority species and have action plans.
Progress towards actions and targets set in these plans are
reported on every 3 years. Of these 175 species and 38
habitats are relevant to Wales.
Progress towards 2010 targets in Wales -
Wales Report from the 2005 UK BAP Reporting Round
This report is fully interactive, giving an overview of the
Welsh subset of data and allowing full detail. Please explore this
data and click on the tables and graphs to see the detailed
The 1992 Rio Earth Summit saw the first such gathering of world
leaders with a common concern about the state of our world's
A programme of action to promote Sustainable Development was
prepared from this Summit called Agenda 21. Over 170 countries
signed the agreement, including the UK. One of the elements was to
develop the Biodiversity Action Plan.
The UK Government “Biodiversity: The UK Action Plan” was
published in 1994 and a Biodiversity Steering Group was established
in order to implement the work programme contained within the
The UK Biodiversity Steering Group set aims and targets
including the development of costed plans for most habitats and
species in decline or under threat; and the promotion of Local
Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs). These local plans are crucial to
making conservation happen at the local level.
The key mechanisms are:
- Partnership - action involving the mutual
co-operation of statutory, voluntary, academic and business sectors
at both national and local levels.
- Targets - measurable outcomes need to be
established that address the needs of species and habitat types of
most concern to biodiversity conservation.
- Policy Integration - recognise that shifts in
policy are needed to reverse the decline in the UK biodiversity
resource and to support sustainable development in all sectors of
- Information - while sound science and
knowledge should underpin decisions, recognise that new approaches
are required to fill information gaps and understanding and to
manage the information already available more efficiently.
- Public Awareness - public understanding and
action is needed to support the changes needed to maintain
Visit the UK Biodiveristy Action Plan website
From here you can:
- Find out about UK biodiversity by accessing the local,
species and habitat action plan
- Look at the partners page to read about
biodiversity groups and search for organisations;
- Download reports, guidance notes, news and documents from the
- Explore the factors (keywords) affecting the decline of species