Halting Biodiversity Loss
HC 743, Thirteenth Report of Session 2007-08 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Environmental Audit Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
In this report, 'Halting Biodiversity Loss (HC 743)', the Environmental Audit Committee states that the Government will fail to meet the 2010 traget to halt biodiversity loss, although the target might have been unrealistic.
The Committee does see some progress, with 80% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSIs) in a favourable condition and a number of rare species having been recovered.
In general though, biodiversity loss continues in the wider countryside with many species and habitats facing severe declines and local extinctions.
The Committee does believe though that with leadership and effective policies, biodiversity loss could in fact be reversed, and states the Government should adopt a new target to halt the loss.
Biodiversity policies need to be cross-departmental, and the Government's ecosystem assessment is a way forward, by encouraging such an approach and promoting biodiversity protection at the regional and local scales.
The Committee further states that the Government could make a large contribution in preventing biodiversity loss through more support for the UK Overseas Territories.
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