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The UK

Published date 2022-11-22

The UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) has a diverse mix of habitats and species for its small size (approximately 240,000 km2), with a marine area approximately 3.5 times the size of the...

Nature Positive 2030

Published date 2022-11-22

Nature Positive 2030 has been produced by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It consists of two ...

The offshore marine environment

Published date 2019-04-09

The UK governments have a shared vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. JNCC has responsibility for nature conservation in the offshore marine environmen...

Improving global co-ordination & action

Published date 2019-05-25

Many of the issues facing biodiversity, such as climate change, require concerted action at broader scales, in particular at a global scale. There are a range of frameworks to enable this, including i...

Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation Measures for Marine Turtles of the Atlantic Coast of Africa

Published date 2019-05-02

Marine turtles are thought to be numerous along much of the Atlantic coast of Africa, extending from Morocco to South Africa. Information suggests that the waters of Morocco (which includes the Wester...

Marine birds and offshore industries

Published date 2019-05-08

There are 119 species of bird which make significant use of the marine environment around the UK (seabirds, seaducks and diving birds). These will interact with various offshore industry activities in...

Monitoring Seabirds At Sea

Published date 2020-06-25

Since 1979, JNCC has conducted surveys of seabirds and cetaceans at sea from ships and aircraft. Survey transects of approximately 525,000 km (over 13 times around the world at the equator) have count...

Data Collection: Survey Methods and Equipment

Published date 2019-05-31

A wide variety of data types are acquired during offshore survey operations, including biological and geomorphological data. Seabed Imagery Still images and video of the seabed are collected for the v...

Marine Biodiversity Indicators

Published date 2022-10-27

JNCC has been at the forefront of the development of indicators providing an expert lead role, working collaboratively both at the national and international level. The following table highlights some...

Oceans & climate change

Published date 2021-06-08

Our oceans, seas and coastal environments have an important role to play in helping to reduce the overall impacts of climate change, for example by absorbing and locking up atmospheric carbon and by p...

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