Biological diversity, or ‘biodiversity’, describes the variety of life around us from the smallest microbe to the largest tree.
Biodiversity includes all wildlife, both that which we see every day, and that which may only be seen once in a lifetime. Biodiversity is also the variation within groups of plants and animals (such as differences in colour) and of the areas where they are found.
The Biodiversity Initiative springs from the UN Rio Earth Summit of 1992. An agreement on biodiversity was signed by more than 150 countries (including the UK). These countries are required to ‘develop national strategies, plans or programmes for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity’.
Biodiversity is vital for our quality of life, from the sight and sound of a bird in the garden, to a life-saving drug from a plant. Ultimately it acts as the life-support system for the planet and is essential for our survival.
The UK Biodiversity Action Plan sets out how we can protect and enhance the nation’s wildlife by identifying national conservation priorities and promoting action at the local level. The Borough's conservation priorities have been identified in Doncaster's Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP), which sets out a series of proposed targets and actions for local delivery. The delivery of the LBAP will contribute to the conservation of locally threatened wildlife and Doncaster's distinctive biodiversity features, along with regional, national and even international priorities.
In Doncaster we have established a working group known as the Doncaster Biodiversity Action Partnership (DBAP) which Doncaster Council supports through membership. The partnership is the leading body in developing the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
Doncaster's Local Biodiversity Action Plan, and the associated Transforming Your Space Project, was funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery.
- email: Melissa.Massarella@doncaster.gov.uk
- address: Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
- tel: 01302 862896
- Local record centre
- Environmental planning
- Biodiversity Offsetting in Doncaster