Enhanced Biodiversity Duty for Public Bodies

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Dear Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council,

The government has issued guidance about the enhanced biodiversity duty for public authorities (introduced by the Environment Act 2021), Complying with the biodiversity duty, which states that Local Authorities must "complete your first consideration of what action to take for biodiversity by 1 January 2024. You must agree your policies and objectives as soon as possible after this".

Given the short timescale for this first requirement, please can you confirm the following:

- Who will be the officer leading this work in your Authority?
- How has the Authority been preparing for this requirement?
- What information will be used to determine the baseline?
- What is the programme of work to meet the government's requirements expected to include?
- How will communities be engaged in the programme of work?
- How will communities be kept informed about progress?

Yours faithfully,

Susan Sollazzi

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You requested
The government has issued guidance about the enhanced biodiversity duty
for public authorities (introduced by the Environment Act 2021), Complying
with the biodiversity duty, which states that Local Authorities must
"complete your first consideration of what action to take for biodiversity
by 1 January 2024. You must agree your policies and objectives as soon as
possible after this". Given the short timescale for this first
requirement, please can you confirm the following: - Who will be the
officer leading this work in your Authority? - How has the Authority been
preparing for this requirement? - What information will be used to
determine the baseline? - What is the programme of work to meet the
government's requirements expected to include? - How will communities be
engaged in the programme of work? - How will communities be kept informed
about progress?

Our response

 

1          Who will be the officer leading this work in your Authority?

Director of Place. This will also be supported externally by Greater
Manchester Ecology Unit (funded by the 10 Greater Manchester Districts) in
a number of respects.  GMEU is intending to recruit a Monitoring Officer
soon to monitor and report on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) implementation
and, in future, efforts to implement the Local Nature Recovery Strategy
(LNRS) across GM, both of which are linked to the duty.

 

2          How has the Authority been preparing for this requirement?

Bolton has been working closely with other GM districts in assisting GMEU,
Natural England and wildlife trusts in developing approaches to BNG and
supporting the piloting of the Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Greater
Manchester.  The council is recruiting a greenspace officer within
Environmental Services who will play a significant role in the development
of biodiversity within the borough.

 

3          What information will be used to determine the baseline?

Much of the baseline information is available through Bolton’s ecological
advisers at GMEU.  GMEU monitors the condition of Sites of Biological
Importance and facilitates management of some SBIs. It can also provide
‘baseline’ biodiversity audits of Districts if needed, and monitors
species distributions and populations. City of Trees also already monitor
some habitat creation and enhancement, particularly for trees and
woodland.  Other information is available from Natural England,
Environment Agency and from the Greater Manchester Local Record Centre
(GMLRC) held by GMEU.

 

4          What is the programme of work to meet the government's
requirements expected to include?

The exact nature and programme are not established as yet.

 

5          How will communities be engaged in the programme of work?

Work on the LNRS development is also underway at a GM level, and this will
involve extensive consultation.  Further consideration will be given to
how to engage with the programme of work as this is established in more
detail.

 

6          How will communities be kept informed about progress?

The council will comply with requirements under the duty to publish
reports.  This is likely to be primarily using its website.  However, at
this stage the exact nature and process of doing so has yet to be
established.

 

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