Welcome to the UK BAP website – supporting the implementation of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) on behalf of the UK Biodiversity Partnership.
Biological diversity – or ‘Biodiversity’ – is the term given to the variety of life on Earth, and the natural patterns formed as a result. Biodiversity has been defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed in 1992, as:
"The variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.”
- CBD Article 2. UNEP 1992
The UK BAP is the UK Government’s response to the CBD. The Convention called for the development and enforcement of national strategies and associated action plans to identify, conserve and protect existing biological diversity, and to enhance it wherever possible. The UKBAP describes the biological resources of the UK and provides detailed plans for conservation of these resources, at national and devolved levels. Action plans for the most threatened species and habitats have been set out to aid recovery, and reporting rounds show how the UKBAP has contributed to the UK’s progress towards the significant reduction of biodiversity loss called for by the CBD.
The shared vision for UK Biodiversity conservation adopted by both the devolved administrations and the UK government is set out in the framework: “Conserving Biodiversity – the UK Approach”. This sets out the future priorities for UK conservation and in the devolved, more holistic view of ecosystem conservation, protection, and sustainable use of the UK’s biological resources.
This website supports the UK BAP. It provides more detailed information about how UKBAP works, its history, how it has reached its current state, and who is involved at the various levels. It also hosts documents and records of meetings. The main sections are:
Background and History - How the UK BAP has developed from its initial inception, through devolution, reporting rounds and overall reviews, into its current form.
Citation of the UK BAP is divided into several sections.
Partnership – Who is involved with UK BAP and how to contact them; how the responsibilities are divided up between these groups, and the documentation available from their meetings.
BAP priority species and habitats – the current list of UK BAP priority species and habitats, and their definitions. Information available also includes the reviews of the list and the decisions made surrounding it, the species that were assessed but rejected from the priority list, signposting of actions, links to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) for distribution data and to the Biodiversity Action Reporting System (BARS) for the most up-to-date reporting information and action plans, and summary pages of the current evidence for each priority species.