Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Work with other organisations on biodiversity

Work with other organisations on biodiversity

Working with other organisations involved in biodiversity action planning will help you understand the main issues and priorities in your local area.

Local organisations

In Northern Ireland

A key method of delivering local action for biodiversity in Northern Ireland is through Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAP). You can find information on LBAP priorities and projects on the Ulster Wildlife website.

Ulster Wildlife

Co-ordination within Northern Ireland is carried out by the Local Biodiversity Action team within the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). You can find out more about Northern Ireland LBAPs on the NIEA website.

NIEA: Local biodiversity action plans

In Scotland

For information on biodiversity action plan (BAP) priorities and projects in your area, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is a good first port of call. You can find local biodiversity information on the Scottish Wildlife Trust website.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

There are around 150 local biodiversity action plan groups across the UK. If your business has a single site, it will be easy for you to network with one of them.

SNH: Local Biodiversity Action Plans

National organisations

In Northern Ireland

The NIEA is the lead government organisation on conservation of the natural environment. The NIEA leads on environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of soil, air and water and has a duty to conserve and enhance the natural environment. You should consult with the NIEA if you intend to carry out development work that could affect protected or priority areas or species.

In Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is the lead government organisation on conservation of the natural environment. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) leads on environmental protection and the improvement of the quality of soil, air and water and has a duty to conserve and enhance the natural environment. You should consult with these organisations if you intend to carry out development work that could affect protected or priority areas or species.

UK-wide

Nature UK and Wild About The British Isles are two online community forums on wildlife, environment and conservation.

International organisations

If your supply chain is international or your business operates in several countries, international conservation groups can help you to develop appropriate environmental management systems for each country your business is involved in.

International partnership organisations address specific conservation problems associated with global business. These include:

In this Guideline

How conservation and biodiversity relate to your business

How businesses rely on natural resources and services

Protected sites and priority habitats

Protected and priority species

Non-native species

Environmental damage to biodiversity

Managing biodiversity: Establish the baseline

Managing biodiversity: Create a site action plan

Managing biodiversity: Measure performance

Work with other organisations on biodiversity

Conservation and biodiversity legislation

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