Defra has produced Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services Indicators in December 2014, an assessment of trends of improvement and deterioration for key indicators. In summary, there are 48 individual measures that make up 24 indicators. A mixed picture of short and long term improvement and deterioration.
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National Ecosystem Assessment
The UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a report Economic Valuation of the Benefits of Ecosystem Services delivered by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Complex but interesting, ties in to the National Ecosystem Assessment.
Published today, the long-awaited Biodiversity 2020: a strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services. This complements the earlier publication in 2011 of the UK government's policy white paper on the natural environment Nature's Choice and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.
A whole range of reports and a key policy vision from the UK Government on environment - a new White Paper The Natural Choice: this will determine strategic directions for a whole range of policy and funding in the next few years and is the first since 1990. The White Paper is the next phase from the earlier Green Paper consulting on views for environmental policy. A key evidence element in the development of the White Paper has been the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and other background evidence is available. Also just released:
- a UK goverment response to the earlier review chaired by John Lawton focusing on biodiversity conservation
- ThinkBIG - a broad review of themes relating to biodiversity and conservation from the England Biodiversity Group - a sectoral advisory group to the UK government that will presumably inform the anticipated England Biodiversity Strategy to replace the 2002 strategy Working with the Grain of Nature
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment reporting has been launched with a Synthesis report - links to the 27 more detailed reports available also, but these are currently in a range of states of completion.
Number 53 of the long-running UK biodiversity news is available from JNCC. Reference to the new biodiversity strategy for England, and to international biodiversity day - it looks as though we are inching towards a defined national biodiversity week for the UK in May, which would be a useful complement to Science Week. Also reference to publication of a new White Paper in June, with the National Ecosystem Assessment.