A new Edinburgh Biodiversity Action Plan for 2016 to 2018 has been approved by the Council’s Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee.
Edinburgh’s unique geology creates a very special natural environment and helps to bring biodiversity right into the heart of the city. Our location between the Pentland Hills and Firth of Forth gives us a wide variety of important habitats, including the coastal areas which are of global importance for some birds species in winter.
The plan is delivered by the Edinburgh Biodiversity Partnership. The Partnership has over 30 members. Led by the Council’s Planning and Transport Service, partners have worked hard in recent months to produce this fourth Edinburgh Biodiversity Action Plan. It contains over 250 actions and reflects all of the exciting collaborative work planned for the next three years. Engagement with stakeholders and local communities continues to be at the heart of the Plan.
For the first time, the Plan contains specific actions relating to the built environment. This reflects an increasing recognition of the relationship between the built and natural environments, in relation to climate change mitigation, green infrastructure and the water environment in particular. There are also sections on Green and Blue Networks (connected water habitats – rivers, ponds, lochs and sea), Geodiversity (rocks, minerals, sediments and soils) and Species.
A celebration and launch event is planned during Edinburgh Biodiversity Week (21 – 29 May 2016). For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org