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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - National Targets

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The national targets (or equivalent) presented in this database are taken from the NBSAPs received since COP-10, fifth national reports or from documents submitted separately. The mapping of national targets to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by the Party concerned is indicated in the last column “Related Aichi Target(s)”. All Parties are encouraged to undertake this mapping exercise and to submit this information to SCBD for incorporation in this database.

Reference Target Related Aichi Target(s)
Outcome 1 By 2020, we will have put in place measures so that biodiversity is maintained and enhanced, further degradation has been halted and where possible, restoration is underway, helping deliver more resilient and coherent ecological networks, healthy and well-functioning ecosystems, which deliver multiple benefits for wildlife and people, including: (1A-1D below)
Outcome 1A Better wildlife habitats with 90% of priority habitats in favourable or recovering condition and at least 50% of SSSIs in favourable condition, while maintaining at least 95% in favourable or recovering condition
Outcome 1B More, bigger and less fragmented areas for wildlife, with no net loss of priority habitat and an increase in the overall extent of priority habitats by at least 200,000 ha
Outcome 1C By 2020, at least 17% of land and inland water, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, conserved through effective, integrated and joined up approaches to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services including through management of our existing systems of protected areas and the establishment of nature improvement areas
Outcome 1D Restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems as a contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation
Outcome 2 By 2020, we will have put in place measures so that biodiversity is maintained, further degradation has been halted and where possible, restoration is underway, helping deliver good environmental status and our vision of clean, healthy, safe productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. This will be underpinned by the following: (2A-2C)
Outcome 2A By the end of 2016, in excess of 25% of English waters will be contained in a well managed Marine Protected Area network that helps deliver ecological coherence by conserving representative marine habitats
Outcome 2B By 2020 we will be managing and harvesting fish sustainably
Outcome 2C By 2022, we will have marine plans in place covering the whole of England’s marine area, ensuring the sustainable development of our seas, integrating economic growth, social need and ecosystem management
Outcome 3 By 2020, we will see an overall improvement in the status of our wildlife and will have prevented further human induced extinctions of known threatened species.
Outcome 4 By 2020, significantly more people will be engaged in biodiversity issues, aware of its value and taking positive action.
Priority action 1.1 Establish more coherent and resilient ecological networks on land that safeguard ecosystem services for the benefit of wildlife and people.
Priority action 1.2 Establish and effectively manage an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas which covers in excess of 25% of English waters by the end of 2016, and which contributes to the UK’s achievement of Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Priority action 1.3 Take targeted action for the recovery of priority species, whose conservation is not delivered through wider habitat-based and ecosystem measures.
Priority action 1.4 Ensure that ‘agricultural’ genetic diversity is conserved and enhanced wherever appropriate.
Priority action 2.1 Work with the biodiversity partnership to engage significantly more people in biodiversity issues, increase awareness of the value of biodiversity and increase the number of people taking positive action.
Priority action 2.2 Promote taking better account of the values of biodiversity in public and private sector decision-making, including by providing tools to help consider a wider range of ecosystem services.
Priority action 2.3 Develop new and innovative financing mechanisms to direct more funding towards the achievement of biodiversity outcomes.
Priority action 3.1 Improve the delivery of environmental outcomes from agricultural land management practices, whilst increasing food production.
Priority action 3.2 Reform the Common Agricultural Policy to achieve greater environmental benefits.
Priority action 3.3 Bring a greater proportion of our existing woodlands into sustainable management and expand the area of woodland in England.
Priority action 3.4 Through reforms of the planning system, take a strategic approach to planning for nature within and across local areas. This approach will guide development to the best locations, encourage greener design and enable development to enhance natural networks. We will retain the protection and improvement of the natural environment as core objectives of the planning system.
Priority action 3.5 Establish a new, voluntary approach to biodiversity offsets and test our approach in pilot areas.
Priority action 3.6 Align measures to protect the water environment with action for biodiversity, including through the river basin planning approach under the EU Water Framework Directive.
Priority action 3.7 Continue to promote approaches to flood and erosion management which conserve the natural environment and improve biodiversity.
Priority action 3.8 Reform the water abstraction regime. The new regime will provide clearer signals to abstractors to make the necessary investments to meet water needs and protect ecosystem functioning. We will also take steps to tackle the legacy of unsustainable abstraction more efficiently.
Priority action 3.9 Develop 10 Marine Plans which integrate economic, social and environmental considerations, and which will guide decision-makers when making any decision that affects, or might affect, a marine area. This action in England is part of the UK vision for ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas’.
Priority action 3.10 Implement actions and reforms to ensure fisheries management directly supports the achievement of wider environmental objectives, including the achievement of Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
Priority action 3.11 Reduce air pollution impacts on biodiversity through approaches at national, UK, EU and international levels targeted at the sectors which are the source of the relevant pollutants (nitrogen oxides, ozone, sulphur dioxide, ammonia).
Priority action 3.12 Continue to implement the Invasive Non-Native Species Framework Strategy for Great Britain.
Priority action 4.1 Work collaboratively across Defra and the relevant agencies to direct research investment within Government to areas of highest priority to deliver the outcomes and priorities set out in this strategy, and in partnership with the Research Councils and other organizations in the UK and Europe to build the evidence base.
Priority action 4.2 Put robust, reliable and more co-ordinated arrangements in place, to monitor changes in the state of biodiversity and also the flow of benefits and services it provides us, to ensure that we can assess the outcomes of this strategy.
Priority action 4.3 Improve public access to biodiversity data and other environmental information – putting power into the hands of people to act and hold others to account. Also communicate progress towards the outcomes and priorities of this strategy and make available information to support decision-making at a range of scales to help others contribute to the outcomes (more detail is set out in chapter 3).

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