Latest Briefing in Ecosystems and biodiversity for 2009

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Biodiversity Guidance For Public Bodies

The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 places a duty on Scottish public bodies, requiring them to further the conservation of biodiversity through the exercise of their functions. 

Some generic information and guidance exists, but the extent of this guidance is unclear and its collation within a single location for ease of access and use has not occurred.

A need has been identified to assist public bodies in their task of protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

The objective of the project is to perform a scoping study to investigate the case for an interactive web based system providing an information source for public bodies on practical measures for promotion of biodiversity.

More specifically to:

  • Identify a generic range of public body functions (e.g. grounds management activities, facilities management activities, procurement, planning and development control responsibilities etc);
  • Identify with stakeholders the information and guidance needs of each function with respect to the biodiversity duty stemming from national legislation (e.g. the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act);
  • Identify existing biodiversity guidance for and produced by public bodies (or other sectors, where appropriate or applicable) and assess, its applicability to public body functions, including best practice to support local and regional biodiversity;
  • Identify gaps in existing guidance for public bodies with respect to delivery of the new biodiversity duty.
  • Provide costed options for an internet-based tool that would allow public bodies to access this information and guidance.
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Published on 23 November 2009 in Ecosystems and biodiversity

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