Joint Nature Conservation Committee


JNCC provides evidence and advice to assist the UK government and administrations in developing and implementing coherent domestic and international policies on the protection of natural resources as an integral part of sustainable development.

Our evidence and advice covers biodiversity issues which arise in one or more countries within the UK and/or affect the interests of the UK as a whole, in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and, where appropriate, internationally.

JNCC disseminates knowledge to foster understanding of these issues.

JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the statutory nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair

Guided by our vision and mission, through the provision of evidence, information and advice JNCC will make a distinctive contribution to three inter-related strategic goals: i. Decisions affecting the natural environment are informed by a sound UK, EU and global evidence base. ii. The UK government and devolved administrations meet their international obligations and achieve favourable outcomes for biodiversity in the UK, its Overseas Territories and internationally. iii. The UK’s offshore marine waters are healthy, clean and biologically diverse.

JNCC contributes directly to Aichi Biodiversity Targets 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 19.

  • Learn more about JNCC's contribution to the Aichi Targets HERE