The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework

The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework is the outcome of a change in strategic thinking following the adoption, at Nagoya, Japan in October 2010 , of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 with its 20 Aichi targets and the launch of the new European Union Biodiversity Strategy in May 2011.


The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework has a common purpose to provide a broad enabling structure for action across the four countries of the UK up to 2020. It comprises the following four elements:


  1. to set out a shared vision and priorities for UK-scale activities within a framework jointly owned by the four countries, and to which their individual strategies will contribute;
  2. to identify priority work at a UK level, which will be needed to help deliver the Aichi targets and the EU Biodiversity Strategy;
  3. to facilitate the aggregation and collation of information on activity and outcomes across all countries of the UK, where the four countries agree this will bring benefits compared to individual country work; and
  4. to streamline governance arrangements for UK-scale activity.


The Implementation Plan outlines how the work is governed at a UK level and sets out the agreed milestones for the 23 areas of work identified in the Framework, together with the reporting process and timing for the period up to 2015.


The responsible public authorities at UK level


Further information and resources


The four countries within the UK have individual Country Biodiversity Strategies, as do a number of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to which the CBD has been extended. These strategies promote the same principles and address the same global biodiversity targets. However the approach and details of implementation are different in each of these territories. More information on these strategies can be found using the following links:



Previous Implementation 1994 to 2010

Prior to the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework, UK biodiversity conservation policy was implemented under the 'UK Biodiversity Action Plan', published in 1994, and ‘Conserving Biodiversity – the UK Approach’, published in 2007.