International conservation

We provide advice on nature conservation at the global scale. This work falls into three broad categories:


  • Support on conservation to the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs) and Crown Dependencies (CDs)
  • Advice on the UK’s implementation of international conventions that relate to biodiversity
  • Providing information about - and analysis - of UK impacts on biodiversity abroad through trade, tourism and investment


The main recipients of our advice are UK Government departments, the UK devolved administrations and the OTs and CDs. Government departments that we work with include the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for International Development (DFID).


Overseas Territories

Biodiversity in the UK’s Overseas Territories is globally significant. In 2009 the UK Government published the UK Overseas Territories Biodiversity Strategy which sets out strategic priorities for effective conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in these territories. UK Government actions will focus on providing financial support, building capacity and improving the flow of information and advice from the UK into the OTs. Our programme complements and supports the strategy.


International conventions

International conventions are often known as Multilateral Environmental Agreements or MEAs. Our input includes providing objective, high quality scientific advice on the application and implementation of conventions, joining UK delegations to Conferences of the Parties and their subsidiary committees and collating formal reports of UK activities. We also carry out more specialised roles, such as advising on Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) permits.


We may also support implementation of agreements in the UK and abroad, either by commissioning relevant research, publishing reports and contributing to policy formulation. A key focus in recent years has been progress towards the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) target of reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and discussions about a successor target.


JNCC also acts as the UK focus for links to the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF). The UK is an observer to CAFF, which is a working group of the Arctic Council.


UK Global Impact Programme

The programme analyses trade and investment relationships between the UK and the rest of the world and the impacts they have on biodiversity. The focus is on the nature and possible impacts of UK investment into overseas economies, our use of imported biomass and how overseas ecosystems support the UK economy. The biomass import flows of relevance are those involving food commodities, forest products, biofuels for transport and biomass for energy.


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