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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020: Summary booklet 2020


Summary of the 2020 update of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, published on 15 October 2020.

Indicators are useful tools for summarising and communicating broad trends. The UK biodiversity indicators have a specific purpose for international reporting and are dependent on a wide variety of data, provided by government, research bodies, and the voluntary sector. In total, nearly 100 organisations are involved in their production. The presentation and assessment of the indicators has been verified by the data providers, and the production and editing of the indicators has been overseen by government statisticians.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators set comprises 24 indicators and 52 measures. In the 2020 update, 23 of the 42 measures assessed over the long term show an improvement, compared to 18 of the 39 measures that are assessed over the short term. Fourteen measures show a decline in the long term, and eight a decline in the short term. Measures that improved or deteriorated in the long term have not necessarily continued to improve or deteriorate respectively in the short term

For more information about the UK Biodiversity Indicators, including details of the most recent, and past, updates, visit the UKBI webpage.

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Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·10·15

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2020). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were first published in 2007. They were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets. The indicators were comprehensively reviewed during 2011 and 2012 to ensure they continued to be based on the most robust and reliable available data, and remained relevant to the new international goals and targets developed in 2010 and 2011.

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Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement "Contains public sector information from Defra, licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0"

Metadata date 2021·10·20

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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