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Set of Principles

Peak District millstones on hillside near Stanage

Below is the set of principles which are the foundation of the Peak District Biodiversity Action Plan. The Plan...

...will form an integral part of the National Park Management Plan and will integrate with other Authority and partner plans and strategies.

  • The objectives, priorities and targets of the Biodiversity Action Plan should reflect local and national policies, plans and strategies, whilst also influencing their development.
  • Opportunities for delivering Biodiversity Action Plan objectives through the planning process should be maximised.

...will be a partnership Plan for the wider Peak District, based on the three National Character Areas of the Dark Peak, White Peak and South-West Peak.

  • The BAP Partnership should include landowners and managers, businesses and local communities, as well as conservation organisations, working across large areas.

...will take a more landscape-scale approach, seeking to buffer and link quality habitats and enable species movement across larger areas as a response to the effects of climate change.

  • Biodiversity should be maintained, enhanced and restored, by enhancing, buffering and de-fragmenting existing high quality sites.
  • Relict (degraded or remnant) habitats should be restored, and new habitats created where the greatest benefit can be achieved.
  • Priority species populations should be maintained and increased.  We need to enable species to adapt in the face of climate change while minimising other pressures on them.

...will seek to deliver multiple benefits alongside biodiversity, such as carbon storage, water quality, people’s enjoyment understanding and well-being, landscape conservation, and a sustainable local economy.

  • Land should be managed as sustainably and economically as possible whilst seeking to enhance biodiversity.
  • The way in which biodiversity underpins ecosystem services should be widely promoted. strongly linked to existing, planned and proposed actions in specific areas, while ensuring that the aspirations are realistic.

  • The BAP Partnership should support existing projects and seek to develop projects to deliver for both biodiversity and wider ecosystem services.
  • We should seek funding for biodiversity action from external funding sources.

...will aim to engage more people with nature, and in particular local communities.

  • The BAP Partnership should encourage the involvement of local people and communities in biodiversity conservation.
  • The value of Biodiversity should be recognised and promoted as fundamental to everybody’s lives.

...should be evidence-based to enable decision-making and influencing.

  • Our work should be supported by good evidence; therefore, we must improve baseline data on habitats and species.
  • The BAP Partnership should improve the way we monitor and report on biodiversity action, to demonstrate the positive benefits of the work we do.

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