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Biodiversity Delivery Duty Plan

Published: 22/09/2017

Nature is our planet’s life support system, providing our food, water, air, building materials, medicines and landscape. Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth and biodiversity loss continues as a direct result of human impacts, through habitat loss and degradation, over exploitation, pollution, climate change and invasive non-native species. Flintshire County Councils’ Biodiversity Duty Delivery Plan has been produced in response to the enhanced biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems duty under Section 6 of the Welsh Government’s Environment (Wales) Act 2016, a ground breaking new framework of legislation which requires that Public Authorities must seek to maintain and enhance biodiversity so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of their functions and in so doing promote the resilience of ecosystems. Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Countryside, said; “All major threats to biodiversity including over-exploitation, habitat loss, invasive species, can be addressed by living more sustainably. As a local authority we have a duty to function sustainability and lead by example when it comes to protecting and enhancing our natural environment. “Flintshire County Council like other Local Authorities is under extended and continued financial pressure, however it is essential that environmental initiatives are embraced as an opportunity to improve county wide well-being, resilience and make valuable financial savings. “To meet the challenge of reversing the decline in biodiversity it is essential that we act now and ensure as a local authority we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will consider the Biodiversity Delivery Duty Plan at its meeting on Tuesday, 26 September.