Legislation and Policy – Biodiversity Plans and Strategies

We’ve updated our information relating to Legislation and Policy pertaining to hazel dormice. We are sharing with you this information over a series of Legislation and Policy related blog posts. Alternatively all of the updated information can be found here: https://hampshiredormousegroup.co.uk/about-dormice/legislation-policy/

Here is information on biodiversity plans and strategies relating to hazel dormouse:

Biodiversity Plans and Strategies

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan 2007 (UK BAP) has been superseded by the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework, and individual national biodiversity strategies. The UK framework sets out the overarching vision, strategic goals and priority activities for the UK’s work towards international biodiversity targets (known as the ‘Aichi Targets’), as agreed by 192 parties at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. The Framework’s overall vision is that “by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.”

In England, Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England’s wildlife and ecosystem services is the national biodiversity strategy, which has the stated mission “(…)to halt overall biodiversity loss, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.”  In order to focus activity and assess performance in achieving this mission, Biodiversity 2020 sets objectives relating to terrestrial and marine habitats and ecosystems, species and people.

In addition to the above National strategies, there are also a wide variety of local biodiversity strategies published by local nature partnerships. These may variously be referred to as Local Biodiversity Action Plans, Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAs) or strategies, or Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs). There may also be local level designated sites, usually called Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs) or Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SINCs) designated in part due to the presence of Hazel Dormice

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