The Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP) brings together key players from the public, private and voluntary sectors to promote and monitor biodiversity and ecosystem action in Wales. WBP provides a leadership role and an expert steer on priorities for action on biodiversity and ecosystems in Wales.
The Nature Recovery Action Plan Implementation Group, chaired by Welsh Government provides the overall direction of activity for the Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales. The group has a wide membership from Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, the environmental third sector and other public and private sector organisations.
The Nature Recovery Action Plan sets out how we will address the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets in Wales. It is the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Wales. It is a live document that all with an interest have a responsibility to review and update as policies and priorities evolve over time.
The Nature Recovery Action Plan was produced by the Wales Biodiversity Strategy Board, members of which represent both land and sea managers, Natural Resources Wales, the environmental third sector, local authorities, Wales Biodiversity Partnership and Welsh Government. It is for everyone in Wales.
The WBP wider partnership is a broad network of organisations, local partnerships, and individuals who are committed to biodiversity conservation and enhancement in Wales. The wider network's main aim is to provide advice and expertise and influence decision-making and contribute to biodiversity activity in Wales.
The Wales Biodiversity Partnership requires sufficient support to ensure the structure is fully functioning to maximise benefit from partnership working. The WBP Support Team consists of two full-time officers hosted by Natural Resources Wales with support from Welsh Government Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Branch staff.
Everyone in Wales has a role to play to improve biodiversity and ecosystems, in essence to make the natural environment which we all depend on an integral part of our everyday lives.
Membership of the wider partnership is free and open to all interested organisations and individuals who have an interest in biodiversity and ecosystems conservation and enhancement.
If you are interested in learning more about the partnership and wish to become a wider partnership member contact us
The WBP Steering Group formally disbanded and the work programme was taken on by the Wales Biodiversity Strategy Board (WBSB) and the WBP working groups. The Nature Recovery Action Plan was produced by the Wales Biodiversity Strategy Board, members of which represent both land and sea managers, Natural Resources Wales, the environmental third sector, local authorities, Wales Biodiversity Partnership and Welsh Government. The WBSB was responsible for developing the Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales. This work has now passed to the Nature Recovery Action Plan Implementation Group.
As biodiversity is a devolved matter, each of the four UK countries works to address both the CBD and EU goals and targets in their own territory. Work which was previously carried out under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) is now focused at the country level (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales). Many of the tools developed under the UK BAP remain of use; for example, background information about the lists of priority habitats and species. However, these lists are now kept and updated separately in each country. In Wales, the current lists are those under Section 7 of the Environment (Wales) Act.
The UK Biodiversity Framework shows how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the aims of the EU Biodiversity Strategy. It identifies the activities required to complement the country biodiversity strategies, and where work in the country strategies contributes to international obligations. In total, 23 areas of work have been identified where all the countries have agreed that they want to contribute to, and benefit from, a continued UK focus, and an Implementation Plan was published in November 2013. Annual reporting on progress with the Implementation Plan is also undertaken, and reporting to the CBD is also coordinated at a UK level.