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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2015 2016


Summary of the 2015 update of the UK Biodiversity Indicators, published on 19 January 2016. (Note: Indicator C9a Animal Genetic Resources) was corrected and updated on 30 November 2016.

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 2015 update of the UK biodiversity indicators set comprises 24 indicators and 50 measures. Of these, six measures were not assessed in the long-term, and nine in the short term, as the measures were either under development, or analytical methods for short-term assessment need to be refined. Twenty-two of the 44 measures assessed over the long term showed an improvement, compared to 17 of the 41 measures that were assessed over the short term. Thirteen measures showed a decline in the long term, and ten 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.

Additional details, including links to the documents associated with each indicator, are provided in the 2015 online update, which is available on The National Archives website.

Further information on the UK Biodiversity Indicators, including the latest update, is available on the UK Biodiversity Indicators webpages.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2016·01·19

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2016) UK Biodiversity Indicators 2015.

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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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 2019·12·04

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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