Cooperation and Partnerships

Joint Nature Conservation Committee


JNCC is a public body in the United Kingdom (UK) that provides evidence and advice to assist the UK government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature. JNCC supports development and implementation of coherent domestic and international policies on the protection of natural resources as an integral part of sustainable development.

JNCC monitors biodiversity, evaluates options and provides advice to ensure that the natural environment is protected in an effective way, for the benefit of present and future generations. Our statutory UK and international remit, and strong culture of partnership working and innovation, means we are uniquely placed to develop shared, cost-effective solutions for our partners and stakeholders in each of the four countries of the UK and its Overseas Territories; to support the implementation and development of international nature conservation agreements; and to share our expertise with others, in the interests of both local and global sustainability.

JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together, under an independent Chair, 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.

Guided by our vision and mission, through the provision of evidence, information and advice, JNCC’s work focuses on four themes: (i) assessing environmental status in the UK; (ii) supporting better decision; (iii) influencing international action; and (iv) advising on offshore management.

JNCC contributes directly to Aichi Biodiversity Targets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 19. Further information on JNCC's contribution to the Aichi Targets is provided HERE