Conserving biodiversity

The concept of biodiversity was first introduced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (commonly known as the Rio Earth Summit).

Conservationists had been working to conserve wildlife and habitats for decades but it is only since this summit that governments across the globe collectively recognised the dramatic biodiversity losses experienced over the past 50 years.  From this the International Convention on Biological Diversity (ICBD) was drawn up and signed by over 150 countries of the world, including the UK, to halt the ever-increasing global loss of biodiversity.  Signatories recognised that it was the prime responsibility of each country to address biodiversity losses falling under their jurisdiction and agreed to produce action plans and programmes to achieve this.

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan was one of the first to be produced in 1994.  It focused on delivery of agreed actions and targets for species and habitats of priority conservation concern, bringing together existing work for, and expertise on, biodiversity to set out a partnership approach.  An important component of the UK BAP was the establishment of a network of Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) Partnerships to deliver action on the ground and to engage with communities, raise awareness and support education initiatives.

To learn about the North East Wales Biodiversity Partnership and view Denbighshire’s LBAP go to the Local Biodiversity Action Plan section of this website. 

In Depth - Conserving Biodiversity

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