Natural England - Local Biodiversity Action Plans

Local Biodiversity Action Plans

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan recognised that biodiversity is ultimately lost or conserved at the local level. It also recognised that achieving the Plan’s goal of conserving and enhancing biodiversity would require a partnership approach. Nowhere is this more important than at the local level.

119 local biodiversity action partnerships and nine regional biodiversity fora have been established across England that has helped bring about a groundswell of activity and innovation to meet the challenges faced by our biodiversity.

What is the role of local biodiversity action plans?

Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAP) identify local priorities for biodiversity conservation and work to deliver agreed actions and targets for priority habitats and species and locally important wildlife and sites.

LBAPs also seek to reflect the values of local people and provide a focus for local initiatives and are important elements of the Community Strategies prepared by Local Strategic Partnerships to further the wellbeing of their local areas.

LBAPs are delivered through wide local partnerships that involve wildlife organisations, local authorities, businesses and other interested parties.

The functions of LBAPs are:

  • To translate national targets for species and habitats into effective action at the local level,

  • To identify targets for species and habitats important to the local area, reflecting the values of local people,

  • To stimulate effective local partnerships to ensure programmes for biodiversity conservation are developed and maintained in the long term,

  • To raise awareness of the need for biodiversity conservation and enhancement in the local context,

  • To ensure opportunities for conservation and enhancement of biodiversity are promoted, understood and rooted in policies and decisions at the local level,

  • To provide a basis for monitoring and evaluating local action for biodiversity priorities, at both national and local levels.

Further information

Further information on LBAPs in England can be found in the published report Natural Partnersexternal link [PDF] - The Achievements of local biodiversity partnerships in England.

Details of Local Biodiversity Action Plans in England and the actions being undertaken locally can be found on the Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS)external link.