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Biodiversity Duty (NERC Act 2006)
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006
 
The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC) provides that any public body or statutory undertaker in England and Wales must have regard to the purpose of conservation of biological diversity in the exercise of their functions.  The intention is to help ensure that biodiversity becomes an integral consideration in the development of policies, and that decisions of public bodies work with the grain of nature and not against it.
 
The SBAP partnership has produced this resource as an insight to the Act.  It consists of a number of presentations - an overview of what the Act means to you and some Staffordshire case studies that demonstrate compliance with the NERC Act doesn't need to cost the earth.  You can view the presentations here and can also download them for use in informing others in your organisation.
 
To inspire all sections of your organisation to understand the multitude of options and benefits that having regard for biodiversity can have there is also a training package to download, which includes the programme, notes, tools and handouts.
 
Thanks go to Natural England for funding, the SBAP partnership steering group, contributing partners and to the consultant Lynn Wernham for her interpretation and training skills.
 
Defra has published detailed guidance for both Public Bodies and Local Authorities, which is available from their website ( www.defra.gov.uk).