Guidance

Guidance for Local Authorities on implementing the biodiversity duty

This publication was withdrawn on 15 December 2015

This guidance is out of date and has been withdrawn. Read the current guidance.

The guidance aims to help all local authority staff to have regard to biodiversity in their work.

Documents

Guidance for Local Authorities on Implementing the Biodiversity Duty - Welsh version

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Guidance for Local Authorities on Implementing the Biodiversity Duty - English version

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Detail

Local authorities play a vital role in the conservation of biodiversity, and this document provides guidance specifically aimed at helping them to implement their Biodiversity Duty. The guidance aims to help all local authority staff to have regard to biodiversity in their work, and to inform senior executives and elected members of the many opportunities to take account of biodiversity at corporate level.

The Guidance is presented in six main sections:

  • Section 1 introduces the Biodiversity Duty, defining the term biodiversity, summarising the benefits of biodiversity conservation, and explaining why having regard to the conservation of biodiversity is important for all local authorities.
  • Sections 2-5 provide guidance on key aspects of local authority functions and activities which relate to biodiversity. This focuses on four main themes:
  1. Policy, Strategy and Procurement;

  2. Management of Public Land and Buildings

  3. Planning, Infrastructure and Development

  4. Education, Advice and Awareness.

  • Section 6 examines the implications for local authorities of implementing the Duty, including financial resources, skills and training, and measuring progress.