JNCC's statutory duties

JNCC’s core statutory responsibilities are set out in Sections 33 to 36 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.


We deliver the UK and international responsibilities of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside (CNCC), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The functions that arise from these responsibilities are principally to:


  • Advise Government on the development and implementation of policies for, or affecting, nature conservation in the UK and internationally
  • Provide advice and disseminate knowledge on nature conservation issues affecting the UK and internationally
  • Create common standards throughout the UK for nature conservation, including monitoring, research, and the analysis of results
  • Commission or support research that is deemed relevant to these functions.


We have statutory responsibilities under several other pieces of legislation and European Regulations.