The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework

(Published July 2012)


© Ewan Bellamy

The UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework was published on 17 July 2012. It was produced by JNCC and Defra, on behalf of the Four Countries' Biodiversity Group (4CBG), through which the environment departments of all four governments in the UK work together.

The Framework covers the period from 2011 to 2020, and was developed in response to two main drivers:  the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 5 strategic goals and 20 ‘Aichi Biodiversity Targets’, published in October 2010; and the EU Biodiversity Strategy (EUBS), released in May 2011.

The Framework shows how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the ‘Aichi Biodiversity Targets’ and the aims of the EU biodiversity strategy. It identifies the activities required to complement the country biodiversity strategies, and where work in the country strategies contributes to international obligations.  In total, 23 areas of work have been identified where all the countries have agreed that they want to contribute to, and benefit from, a continued UK focus.  An Implementation Plan was produced in November 2013, which was updated and revised in June 2018.  Reporting on progress with the Implementation Plan is also undertaken.

Most work which was previously carried out under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) is now focussed at the country level (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales). Further information about the country biodiversity strategies can be found through the country-level biodiversity web-page.  Also, many of the tools developed under the UK BAP remain of use; for example, background information about the lists of priority habitats and species, which can be found on the priority species and habitats web-pages.  The lists of priority species and habitats agreed under UK BAP still form the basis of much biodiversity work in the countries.  Additional relevant information, and links to archived material, can be found on the UK BAP web-pages.

The development of the Framework reflects a revised direction for nature conservation, towards an approach which aims to consider the management of the environment as a whole, and to acknowledge and take into account the value of nature in decision-making.  The Framework sets out the common purpose and shared priorities of the UK and the four countries, and, as such, is a hugely important document, which is to be owned, governed, and implemented by the four countries.


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