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Reporting Harmonisation: The UK Experience. Towards the harmonisation of national reporting to biodiversity-related treaties 22-23 September 2004, Haasrode, Belgium James M. Williams Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1JY. UK.

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Reporting Harmonisation: The UK Experience

Towards the harmonisation of national reporting to biodiversity-related treaties

22-23 September 2004, Haasrode, Belgium

James M. Williams

Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK

Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1JY. UK.

James.Williams@jncc.gov.uk

+44 (0)17 33 86 68 68


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There is lots of available information

Datasets from other sectors

  • Agriculture e.g. land use

  • Chemical loading

  • Agri-environment

  • Management

  • Fishing

  • Air Quality

  • Climate e.g. rainfall, temperature, phenology

  • Soils

  • Geology

  • …….

    Research needed to identify the most relevant pressures to inform development of policy relevant statistics

Biodiversity Data

  • Countryside Survey 2000

  • Habitat inventories – various stages, + pilot sample based monitoring

  • Breeding Birds

  • Rare Birds

  • Wetland Birds

  • Seabirds

  • Plant Atlases

  • BAP Priority species and habitats (embryonic)

  • Butterflies (extending)

  • Sea Mammals

  • Bats

  • Pilot schemes for other mammals

  • Marine monitoring programme

  • …..

For a list of monitoring schemes see www.jncc.gov.uk/ukbg2/monitoringschemes/


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Environmental Change Network

NNR/SSSI validation sites

Agri-Env scheme monitoring

SSSI condition

BAP HAPs/SAPs Reporting

Breeding bird survey

Butterfly monitoring

Countryside Survey

Land cover map

National

Biodiversity

Network

Validation

Frequency

Precision

Monitoring

Surveillance

Biological recording

Habitat/land cover inventory

Data/knowledge can be structured as an information pyramid

Coverage


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UK has lots of experience in doing biodiversity convention reports

  • Input into WCMC studies

  • EEA Reporting Obligations Database

  • Project planning – generic process

  • Reports contain lots of activity and process, but very little outcome

  • Devolution / consultation – time required

  • Cross-departmental lines (Ministerial & Official level committees)

  • JNCC as point of common experience / expertise


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A generic, project based, process for reporting

Draft 0,

Information

Request

Initiation

Responses

Editing

Final Draft

Consultation

Draft

Editing

Consultation

Submitted

Report

Ministerial

Clearance

Final Edit?


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Some issues in biodiversity reporting

Ramsar CBD CMS AEWA Birds D.

  • National and International requirements

  • Cycles vary, up to 6 years

  • The burden is growing

    • documented by reporting obligations database and planning work

  • Overseas Territories contain key biodiversity, but have their own challenges

  • Lack of outcome information

  • Should we tear up current reporting framework(s) and start again?


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Information management experience

  • National Biodiversity Network (UK GBIF node) www.searchnbn.net

  • Clearing House Mechanism www.chm.org.uk

  • UK BAP – online reporting www.ukbap.org.uk

  • Headline indicators http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/statistics/wildlife/wdkf03.htm

  • Wildlife Statistics


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Integrating information into assessments

  • We need to make better use of what we have

    • improved data access and management - NBN

    • flexibility in geographic scale

    • protected areas + wider countryside

    • common + rare / scarce

    • improve existing or develop new schemes to achieve the confidence we require in the statistics

    • information from across the breadth of biodiversity

      • species (including people),

      • habitats (ecosystems),

      • genes,

      • ecosystem services


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We still have many challenges

  • Key tasks to tackle

    • outcome orientated reporting

    • trends – identify and interpret

    • basing decisions on information

    • more research into solutions to problems required

    • there is a need for more large scale conservation thinking

  • The biodiversity conventions have common requirements, but often expressed differently (e.g. site data)


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A vision for the future

  • State of Biodiversity Report on regular basis

    • perhaps every 3 years

    • indicator based

    • meets Aarhus Convention requirements

  • Update data as available

    • some annually, some every decade

  • Use for all biodiversity conventions

    • minimal extra detail on action and process

  • But – problem of existing reporting obligations / timetables – needs political decision not to do them, and resources to do SoB report


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