In 1992, the UK government signed the Rio Convention and committed to halting biodiversity loss through the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. London Biodiversity Partnership wrote the London Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for important habitats and species within the Greater London area to be delivered by key partners in London.
The London Biodiversity Partnership also produced Duty Bound? Biodiversity conservation in London boroughs which contains information and case studies of particular relevance to London. It was designed to complement national guidance on how local authorities can fulfil their duties under Section 40 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC) 2006.
Following a national decline in support for BAPs, London Biodiversity Partnership disbanded in 2013. However, there is still regional and organisational delivery of the London Biodiversity Action Plans, as well as many London borough-focused plans that translate the regional commitments to a local level.
Please see our pages on Species Action Plans and Habitat Action Plans for further information and documents (wording adapted from the former LBP website, published here temporarily due to recent interest).