UK Implementation of CBD

Post-2010 Implementation

The UK ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity in June 1994. Overall responsibility for fulfilling the UK's commitments as a Party to the CBD is a matter for the UK Government. The lead Department is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The Department is also responsible for implementation in England, which has no devolved national government.
 
In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales the responsibility for implementation is devolved to their respective Governments who, together with  their relevant public bodies and those for England, implement the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. The Framework is designed to identify the activities needed to galvanise and complement the individual country strategies, in pursuit of the strategic goals and the Aichi targets of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. The framework is 'owned', governed and implemented by the four countries, assisted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), with its role being to ensure that international requirements are understood and implemented through national policies and actions within a devolved UK.
 
This Framework also has provision for those UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to which the CBD has been extended. They are committed to implementing policy to meet the objectives and targets of the CBD's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
 
As well as taking forward issues from these different territorial entities to inform policy development, JNCC provides the tools and mechanisms to allow others to make their data freely available and to devise strategies for collecting data and preparing the reports for UK Government to submit to CBD.
 
The responsible public authorities at UK level
 

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