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A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity

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  • 1. A Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity David Knight
  • 2.
      • NI 197
  • 3. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Background
    • Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007
    • end of Comprehensive Performance Assessment of Local Authorities
    • introduction of Local Strategic Partnerships and Local Area Agreements
    • 1200 LA performance indicators replaced by c. 200 national indicators of Local Authority performance
    • LAAs to include 35 improvement targets
  • 4. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Why have a Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
      • Local Authorities have a responsibility for biodiversity
      • Biodiversity is a significant area of activity for Local Authorities
      • LA performance for biodiversity would not be reflected within another LA performance indicator
      • Performance Indicator for biodiversity would be a meaningful indicator for performance relating to wider environmental quality
      • A biodiversity indicator could reflect performance in number of areas of service delivery
  • 5. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Why have a Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
      • risk and consequences of not having one
  • 6. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Is it possible to develop an indicator of Local Authority performance for biodiversity?
      • Biodiversity performance is measurable and that a single measure can be derived as an effective surrogate to reporting all activity for biodiversity
  • 7. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Is it possible to develop an indicator of Local Authority performance for biodiversity?
      • The proposed indicator would comply with the criteria..
        • Measurable
        • Outcome focussed
        • Relevant
        • Reliable/comparable over time
        • Attributable to Local Authority
        • Not act as a perverse incentive
        • Not impose significant cost implications
        • Must not be a ‘composite’ indicator
  • 8. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Potential indicators
    • SSSI condition within area of Local Authority
    • Proportion of Local Authority owned/controlled land managed for biodiversity
    • Impact of development control decisions on biodiversity
    • Provision of accessible greenspace
    • Farmland/ woodland bird populations
    • Delivering biodiversity through Local Sites
  • 9. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Delivery of biodiversity through Local Sites
        • Measurable
        • Outcome focussed
        • Relevant
        • Reliable/comparable over time
        • Attributable to Local Authority
        • Not act as a perverse incentive
        • Not impose significant cost implications
        • Not a composite indicator
  • 10. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Local Sites
      • More than 37,000 Local Sites delivering UK and Local BAP and GAP targets
      • Comprehensive rather than representative suite of sites
      • Part of networks provide buffering and connectivity contributing to resilience to climate change
      • Represent local character and distinctiveness
      • Contribute to quality of life and well-being, providing opportunities for appreciation of nature, research and education
  • 11. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Local Sites
      • ‘Grass-roots’ designation
      • recognised in national guidance
      • partnership of Government, voluntary and private sectors
      • leadership role for Local Authorities
      • extensive national coverage
      • well-established, good track record
  • 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
      • Performance is a simple percentage calculated as follows….
      • X/Y x 100 = %
      • 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.
      • Y is the total number of Local Sites within the LAs administrative area at the time of reporting .
  • 15. Assessing ‘positive conservation management’
    • Management Plan – a plan has been written and has been/is being implemented
    • Management Schemes - the site is being managed in accordance with an environmental management scheme such as Environmental Stewardship, Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Grant Scheme
    • Biodiversity Action Plan - management activity carried out in accordance with a Biodiversity Action Plan, including HAP, SAP, LBAP (or GAP where relevant)
    • Advice – advice on conservation management has been provided by the local sites partnership and has been/is being acted upon
  • 16. Assessing ‘positive conservation management’
      • How much of site needs to be managed?
      • A site should score if the management is considered substantive and contributes to the conservation of the features for which the site was selected.
      • Management should be at a level or rate in order to conserve the features in the long-term
  • 17. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity Some common questions..... - are geological sites included?
  • 18. Local Authority Performance Indicator for Biodiversity
    • Some common questions.....
    • - 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?
  • 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
    • Successes
    • secured a national indicator for Local Authority performance for Biodiversity
    • 26 Local Area Agreements have improvement targets based on NI 197
    • catalyst to promote join up between LBAPs, Local Sites, LRCs
    • greater engagement between Defra, GOs, LAs, WTs and others over biodiversity
    • a means of demonstrating commitment toward s40 duty
  • 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