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A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
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  • 1. A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity David Knight
  • 2. <ul><ul><li>NI 197 </li></ul></ul>
  • 3. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>end of Comprehensive Performance Assessment of Local Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>introduction of Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>1200 LA performance indicators replaced by c. 200 national indicators of Local Authority performance </li></ul><ul><li>LAAs to include 35 improvement targets </li></ul>
  • 4. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Why have a Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Authorities have a responsibility for biodiversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity is a significant area of activity for Local Authorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LA performance for biodiversity would not be reflected within another LA performance indicator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance Indicator for biodiversity would be a meaningful indicator for performance relating to wider environmental quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A biodiversity indicator could reflect performance in number of areas of service delivery </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Why have a Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>risk and consequences of not having one </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Is it possible to develop an indicator of Local Authority performance for biodiversity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity performance is measurable and that a single measure can be derived as an effective surrogate to reporting all activity for biodiversity </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Is it possible to develop an indicator of Local Authority performance for biodiversity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The proposed indicator would comply with the criteria.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcome focussed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reliable/comparable over time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attributable to Local Authority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not act as a perverse incentive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not impose significant cost implications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Must not be a ‘composite’ indicator </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 8. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Potential indicators </li></ul><ul><li>SSSI condition within area of Local Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Proportion of Local Authority owned/controlled land managed for biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of development control decisions on biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of accessible greenspace </li></ul><ul><li>Farmland/ woodland bird populations </li></ul><ul><li>Delivering biodiversity through Local Sites </li></ul>
  • 9. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Delivery of biodiversity through Local Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outcome focussed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reliable/comparable over time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attributable to Local Authority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not act as a perverse incentive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not impose significant cost implications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not a composite indicator </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 10. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Local Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 37,000 Local Sites delivering UK and Local BAP and GAP targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive rather than representative suite of sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of networks provide buffering and connectivity contributing to resilience to climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Represent local character and distinctiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute to quality of life and well-being, providing opportunities for appreciation of nature, research and education </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Local Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘Grass-roots’ designation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognised in national guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnership of Government, voluntary and private sectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>leadership role for Local Authorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>extensive national coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>well-established, good track record </li></ul></ul>
  • 12. Local Sites Guidance
  • 13. one of three pillars of local partnership Local Sites Local Records Centre Local BAP/GAP
  • 14. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><ul><li>Performance is a simple percentage calculated as follows…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>X/Y x 100 = % </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>where.. X is the number of sites in the LA area where positive conservation management is being or has been implemented during the last five years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Y is the total number of Local Sites within the LAs administrative area at the time of reporting . </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Assessing ‘positive conservation management’ <ul><li>Management Plan – a plan has been written and has been/is being implemented </li></ul><ul><li>Management Schemes - the site is being managed in accordance with an environmental management scheme such as Environmental Stewardship, Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Grant Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Action Plan - management activity carried out in accordance with a Biodiversity Action Plan, including HAP, SAP, LBAP (or GAP where relevant) </li></ul><ul><li>Advice – advice on conservation management has been provided by the local sites partnership and has been/is being acted upon </li></ul>
  • 16. Assessing ‘positive conservation management’ <ul><ul><li>How much of site needs to be managed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A site should score if the management is considered substantive and contributes to the conservation of the features for which the site was selected. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management should be at a level or rate in order to conserve the features in the long-term </li></ul></ul>
  • 17. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - are geological sites included?
  • 18. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Some common questions..... </li></ul><ul><li>- is there a fixed proportion of a site which should be covered by a Management Scheme for it to be considered to be in positive management? </li></ul>
  • 19. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - are there any circumstances where non-intervention can score as positive management?
  • 20. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - what is the role of Local Sites Partnerships?
  • 21. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - can a site score where a management scheme has expired within the last five years?
  • 22. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - do Districts report against this indicator?
  • 23. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - does the assessment include only Local Sites owned by local authorities?
  • 24. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - What audit trail is required to indicate that a site is in positive management?
  • 25. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - is evidence gathered by desk-based means sufficient?
  • 26. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - is it essential for management to relate to a plan of some kind?
  • 27. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - can the indicator be based on a sample of Local Sites in the local authority area?
  • 28. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - are Local Nature Reserves or SSSIs required to be included in the indicator?
  • 29. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - will there be an opportunity to provide contextual information when reporting against this indicator on the Data Hub?
  • 30. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - what happens when the number of sites in a local authority’s area changes, for example, if new sites are identified and designated?
  • 31. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - for local authorities who did not select NI 197 for their LAAs, is there an obligation to deliver progress against NI 197 or simply to report?
  • 32. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>secured a national indicator for Local Authority performance for Biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>26 Local Area Agreements have improvement targets based on NI 197 </li></ul><ul><li>catalyst to promote join up between LBAPs, Local Sites, LRCs </li></ul><ul><li>greater engagement between Defra, GOs, LAs, WTs and others over biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>a means of demonstrating commitment toward s40 duty </li></ul>
  • 33. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity For more information..... http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/localgovindicators/ni197.htm [email_address] [email_address]
  • 34. David Knight, Team Leader, Biodiversity, Plants and Fungi Natural England, Bullring House Northgate Wakefield WF1 3BJ [email_address] Thank you

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