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UK Biodiversity indicators

This is an update to the report on UK progress towards meeting the biodiversity goals and targets ‘the Aichi targets’ agreed in 2010.

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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2017

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This release and publication report on UK progress towards meeting the biodiversity goals and targets ‘the Aichi targets’ agreed in 2010. These targets were set out in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. The UK is a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

All of the 2017 Biodiversity Indicators for the UK are available on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee website.

Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth. It includes all species of animals and plants, and the natural systems that support them. Biodiversity matters because it supports the vital benefits we get from the natural environment. It contributes to our economy, our health and wellbeing, and it enriches our lives.

Next major update provisionally planned for June/July 2018.

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Published 26 May 2012
Last updated 4 August 2017 + full page history
  1. Revision to UK Biodiversity Indicators booklet.
  2. This is the 2017 update to the report on UK progress towards meeting the biodiversity goals and targets ‘the Aichi targets’ agreed in 2010.
  3. Update to publication: Indicator C9a: Animal Genetic Resources was corrected and updated 30 November 2016
  4. Updated publication.
  5. Publication of the UK biodiversity indicators delayed until 19 January 2016 due to statistical reasons.
  6. UK biodiversity indicators for 2014 published
  7. 2013 edition
  8. First published.