Biodiversity Action Plan
Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth – it is every living thing and the places where they live.
Biodiversity matters for many reasons, not least its role in tackling climate change or its ability to act as an indicator for the health of our environment. It also provides us with vital services that sustain life on earth such as clean air and water, contributes to our health and well being, offers opportunities for exercise, education and relaxation, helps define our cultural heritage and identity, and provides us with raw materials for essential products such as food, medicine, fuel and clothing.
Despite the many benefits biodiversity provides to people, and its own intrinsic value, human activity is currently the cause for a huge ongoing loss of biodiversity.
In developing the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and inline with the Greenest Borough Strategy, Haringey Council is seeking to protect and enhance biodiversity value across the borough for the benefit of all those that live and work within it, and in doing so support regional, national and global efforts to halt the decline in biodiversity.
The plan recognises that to achieve this aim a wide range of partners from across the whole community will need to be involved in delivering actions and that integrating biodiversity into wider everyday thinking is necessary.
The following areas have been included within the plan:
- Integrating biodiversity into council services and those of other public bodies
- Biodiversity Infrastructure – Including:
- Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation
- Areas of Nature Conservation Deficiency
- Local Nature Reserves
- Green Chains
- Ecological Corridors
- Species and Habitat Action Plans
In recognition of the importance the natural environment plays in maintaining human health, the United Nations has declared 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYOB) and Haringey Council is proud to be a UK supporting partner.
To read the full version of the Biodiversity Action Plan or the Executive Summary please see the documents below. Please note the summary version is over 7MB in size and may take some time to download on slower Internet connections.
If you would like to get involved visit any of the external links listed below.