Wales Biodiversity Partnership

What is WBP?

The Wales Biodiversity Partnership (WBP) brings together key players from the public, private and voluntary sectors to promote and monitor biodiversity and ecosystem action in Wales. WBP provides a leadership role and an expert steer on priorities for action on biodiversity and ecosystems in Wales. The work of WBP is actioned through the wider partnership and the support team. The WBP Steering Group has formally disbanded and the work programme has been taken on by the Wales Biodiversity Strategy Board (WBSB) and the WBP working groups. The WBSB is currently developing a Nature Recovery Plan for Wales; the Plan is due to be released for consultation in spring 2014. The Plan will influence the structure of WBP and the delivery role of the WBP working groups.

Membership of the wider partnership is free and open to all interested organisations and individuals who have an interest in biodiversity and ecosystems conservation and enhancement.

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WBP Wider Network

The WBP wider partnership is a broad network of organisations, local partnerships, and individuals who are committed to biodiversity conservation and enhancement in Wales. The wider network's main aim is to provide advice and expertise to the steering group, respond to and influence decision-making and contribute to biodiversity activity in Wales.

Members of the combined partnership are encouraged to participate in the WBP working groups, WBP ecosystem and species expert groups. Members are also encouraged to prepare funding bids, assist in influencing strategy and environmental policies development through internal processes and external consultations and outreach events.

The dates of Steering Group meetings and the papers to be tabled are provided on the WBP website in advance of meetings to ensure effective lines of communication are maintained between the national and regional partnerships when discussing issues and ideas. Input from WBP members is welcomed at all times.

WBP Support Team

The Wales Biodiversity Partnership requires sufficient support to ensure the structure is fully functioning to maximise benefit from partnership working. This work contributes to the work of the A Living Wales programme with communication channels and methods of joint working in development. The work of the WBP Support Team includes: supporting groups at a local, regional and national level, collating, distilling and communicating information and best practice, supporting the Biodiversity Action Reporting system BARS), influencing policy development and implementation including the biodiversity duty, co-ordinating awareness activity and professional development opportunities through the annual conference and workshop events throughout the year.

The WBP Support Team consists of two full-time officers hosted by Wildlife Trusts Wales, a support officer based in NRW and support from Welsh Government Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Branch staff.

WBP Membership

Everyone in Wales has a role to play to improve biodiversity and ecosystems, in essence to make the natural environment which we all depend on an integral part of our everyday lives.

Membership of the wider partnership is free and open to all interested organisations and individuals who have an interest in biodiversity and ecosystems conservation and enhancement.

If you are interested in learning more about the partnership and wish to become a wider partnership member CONTACT US