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The implementation of good practice in managment for biodiversity can be limited by poor understanding of biodiversity and its needs amoungst those making decisions which affect it. Understanding biodiversity, and learning to care for it, is integrally linked to understandin the principles and practice of sustainable development.

Decisions which may impact upon biodiversity are taken by a variety of different people ranging from landowners and managers through to policy makers and government. Farmer, householders and developers also have the opportunity to take action which will enhance biodiversity and it is important to emphasise that conservation work is not restricted to charities and organisations with a biodiversity focus.

The Plan and Biodiversity Partnership will focus upon raising awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues amoungst members of their organisation and will promote the inclusion of biodiversity and sustainability principles in all appropriate workplans and policies. Central to this will be the development of a series of guidance documents for a range of different user groups including developers, planners, households and farmers. Advice is also available from many of the Biodiversity Partnership organisations and these documents can be obtained directly from the relevant organisation of from their website.

A series of Guidance Notes will be produced which will aim to: 

  • Better integrate biodiversity into the planning system and so unfluence urban regeneration and development.
  • Conserve and enhance biodiversity as a consequence of site planning, building design and construction practice.
  • Provide advice to a range of land managers (including farmers, householders and council schools and estates staff).
  • Ensure that decision makers take account of the contribution that biodiversity makes to the quality of life, environmental and social justice and healthy living agendas.