UK Biodiversity Indicators 2017 2017
Summary of the 2017 update of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, published on 3 August 2017.
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 2017 update of the UK biodiversity indicators set comprises 24 indicators and 49 measures. Of these, seven measures were not assessed in the long-term, and ten in the short term, as the measures were either under development, or analytical methods for short-term assessment need to be refined. Twenty of the 42 measures assessed over the long term showed an improvement, compared to 11 of the 39 measures that were assessed over the short term. Eleven measures showed a decline in the long term, and twelve 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.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2017·08·03
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2017) UK Biodiversity Indicators 2017.
The UK 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. Since then the indicators have been refined to improve their relevance/quality, and new indicators developed to fill gaps. In this version of the publication as many as possible of the indicators have been updated with new data. In some cases, however, development work is ongoing, and where this is the case, the work to develop them has been described briefly.
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Metadata date 2019·09·30
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