Consultation on the UK 5th National Report
to the CBD




Aims of consultation

We appreciate the involvement of our stakeholders in this consultation.  Its main purpose is to improve the 5th national report by creating an opportunity to propose appropriate corrections; and additions if relevant information is missing.


How to respond

We are inviting responses to the consultation until 5 February 2014.

We would be grateful if you could respond by filling in the Consultation Response form (Word document) and returning it to us.


CBD 5th National Report Consultation,
Biodiversity Information and Advice,
Monkstone House,
1 City Rd,
Peterborough PE1 1JY. 

Please note that responses received after midnight on 5 February 2014 will not be considered.


Please bear in mind when responding, that the report is an official document being submitted by the government to an intergovernmental body; its format and content is constrained by a number of decisions which have been formally agreed and cannot be altered. For example:

  • We have followed the guidance published by the CBD secretariat (
  • We are relying on published evidence, from official or peer-reviewed reports, as explained in Appendix 1 of the report.


After the consultation

Following the closing date, all responses will be read and considered along with any additional evidence, by the reporting team at JNCC.

It is intended that a brief summary of responses will be included in Appendix 1 of the UK report.  It will not describe every response in detail.



The summary of responses will NOT include your personal name (unless you have asked us to include it) or other personal data such as contact details.  The summary may contain the name of your organisation, if you are responding on an organisation's behalf.

JNCC will retain copies of responses for at least five years.  Please note that a member of the public can ask to see copies of information held.  If you need to keep any part of your response confidential, please tell us when you respond, and give brief reasons.  Please note that confidentiality disclaimers automatically added to e-mails do not count.  We will take your reasons into account if someone asks for information.  Because we must comply with the law, including Freedom of Information legislation, we cannot promise that we will always be able to keep details that you provide to us confidential.



The document which is open to consultation is the Fifth UK National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Biodiversity Convention or CBD).  The CBD was adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992, and entered into force in December 1993.  All Parties have been requested to submit their 5th National Reports by 31 March 2014.  These will be important for a mid-term review of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; they will also contribute to the development of the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook.  There is more information on the CBD website


The consultation for the 4th National Report in 2009 had responses from 20 individuals in 12 organisations, of which two were non-governmental and ten were statutory.  All of them were reviewed, and most resulted in changes to the final report.


Download UK 5th National Report to the CBD (consultation draft)


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