25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator K4: Extent of Protected Areas in the UK Overseas Territories 2023
The 25 Year Environment Plan (Defra 2018) and its 2023 update, the Environmental Improvement Plan (Defra 2023), outline the UK Government’s aspirations to help our environment “regain and retain good health”. Accompanying the plan is a comprehensive set of 66 indicators – the Outcome Indicator Framework – which will show how the environment is changing and whether our interventions are effective (Defra 2019). Four of these indicators relate to Defra’s international ambitions to reduce the UK’s global footprint and support overseas countries to protect and improve the environment.
The UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) support a highly diverse range of terrestrial and marine species, habitats and ecosystems. Protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures are key tools for conserving this biodiversity, much of which is endemic and globally threatened. 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator K4 measures the extent and condition of terrestrial and marine protected areas in the UKOTs.
While work to progress the protected area condition aspect of this indicator is ongoing, JNCC has calculated the combined extent of UKOT protected areas since 2020. Report No. 735 presents the latest 2022 results and the technical background to this work. This accompanies the publication of this interim indicator on the 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator Framework interactive dashboard. The results for 2020 and 2021 were presented in JNCC reports 679 and 704, respectively, available from The National Archives.
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Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2023·05·01
Wright, H.L. 2023. 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator K4: 2022 update on the extent of Protected Areas in the UK Overseas Territories. JNCC Report 735, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
This report presents the extent of protected areas in the UK Overseas Territories up to the end of 2022, as part of 25 Year Environment Plan Outcome Indicator K4. Previous reports presented the extent of protected areas in 2020 (JNCC Report 679) and 2021 (JNCC Report 704).
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Metadata date 2023·06·21
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