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Obligations and opportunities to promote biodiversity through the UK planning systems


BiodiversityinPlanning2019CoverThe RTPI has worked with the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning to publish practice advice on Biodiversity in planning: Obligations and opportunities to promote biodiversity through the UK planning systems.

Our advice responds to the decline in biodiversity in the UK. It will equip readers with a solid foundation knowledge about the key challenges relating to biodiversity and the current national statutory duties and guidance that should be addressed through planning. It offers practical pointers to support the integration of biodiversity into local policy, practice and individual development schemes through good practice examples.


Download the full report here.


The State of Nature Report, 2019 contains worrying statistics on the current situation for biodiversity in the UK.

"Our statistics demonstrate that the abundance and distribution of the UK's species has, on average, declined since 1970 and many metrics suggest this decline has continued in the most recent decade. There has been no let-up in the net loss of nature in the UK."

State of Nature Report, 2019


The links between biodiversity and climate change are well documented. This advice forms part of our wider work on climate change. Find out more Better Planning: Climate Change.