The nine ecosystem groups and species expert group bring together habitat and relevant associated species interests at the Wales-level to provide an integrated, informed and independent overview of biodiversity and ecosystem conservation requirements.
The role of the Working Groups is to support the work of the WBP and take forward key work areas on behalf of WBP.
An annual two day Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference is held to support, educate and promote biodiversity and ecosystem action in Wales. The conference offers a chance to network, share good practice and keep up to date with the latest developments.
This year's conference took place on 7-8 September 2016 at Bangor University.
WBP coordinates an annual week of events held in June each year celebrating the variety and diversity of our wildlife and habitats.
Events are free and are held all over Wales, enthusing, educating and enabling members of the public to become wildlife guardians on their patch. In 2017, Wales Nature Week will run from from 3th - 11th June.
WBP have committed substantial amounts of funding on projects directed towards biodiversity action including; provision of wildlife training days hosted by the Welsh LRC's; transfer of biological records (birds, lichens, marine crayfish) from paper format to electronic format where they can be used in planning and policy decisions; leaflets on management for birds, lichens, butterflies; marine crayfish surveys targeted at groups whoose activities affect the success of the species; funding to support wild meadow creation; funding to support the Lichen apprenticeship scheme in Wales; practical habitat management for southern damselfly; supporting butterfly conservation projects. For further details see the funding report link
The Wales Biodiversity Partnership contributes to the delivery of Global, European and national targets for biodiversity and ecosystems. The role of the Wales Biodiversity Partnership focuses on:
1. Prioritising and promoting activity to ensure biodiversity conservation (protection, enhancement and restoration) and associated benefits for ecosystem structure and function are planned and delivered at the appropriate scale.
2. Developing and communicating the understanding of the dynamic relationship within species, between species and their abiotic environment in order to conserve ecosystem structure and function.
3. Providing expertise on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.
4. Working with local and regional partners to ensure management of the environment, and of human activity which impacts on the environment, at the appropriate level incorporating local knowledge, innovations and practices.
5. Identify evidence requirements and build consensus on priorities to inform the development and delivery of biodiversity conservation and the Ecosystem Approach