Biodiversity policy is a devolved responsibility in the UK: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have each developed or are developing their own biodiversity or environment strategies. Indicators are being developed to track progress with the respective commitments in each country. The UK indicators have a specific purpose for international reporting and were selected following consultation and agreement between the administrations. The indicators provide a flexible framework and a common set of methodologies which in some cases can also be used for country reporting. The indicators may be subject to further review as necessary.
This paper presents a revised set of BIP objectives and membership criteria for 2016-2020. The structure and operational principles aim to ensure the effectiveness of the BIP as it continues to respond to user needs and provide the best available biodiversity information for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and other related initiatives.