Biodiversity Policies

Westminster City Council's policies for biodiversity and wildlife conservation are set out within the context of national and regional milestones.

2008: Publication of an updated Westminster Biodiversity Action Plan which aims to prevent the decline of - and improve conditions for - species and habitats that are a conservation priority. The Action Plan is delivered by the Westminster Biodiversity Partnership. 

2006 to 2007 The Westminster Biodiversity Partnership, made up of local organisations and individuals that are committed to improving biodiversity in Westminster, meets to discuss giving fresh momentum to the Action Plan. Priority species and habitats are confirmed and steering groups begin writing the plans and setting actions for future progress.

2004: Westminster's UDP contains Policy Env 17: Nature Conservation and Biodiversity.

2004: The London Plan includes a policy (3D.12) Biodiversity and nature conservation, which links to policies and proposals on approaches to strategic planning in the Mayor's Biodiversity Strategy .

2002: The Westminster City Plan sets out targets for wildlife conservation up to 2010 and refers to the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Westminster as a delivery vehicle. It places emphasis on the need to encourage the participation of local communities.

2002: The England Biodiversity Group publishes the England Biodiversity Strategy emphasising the need to engage and involve a wide variety of sectors and interests in biodiversity conservation.

2001: The London Biodiversity Partnership launches the Regional Biodiversity Action Plan to set out strategic objectives for a series of priority habitats and species of principal nature conservation importance in London. Many of these are present in Westminster and now present the Local Biodiversity Partnership with further priorities for local action.

2000: The first Westminster Biodiversity Action Plan is published. These action plans focus conservation effort on four habitats and eight species selected for their biodiversity value.

1998: The Westminster Biodiversity Partnership is created. This local partnership is formed of organisations working together to ensure a healthy future for wildlife in Westminster.

1995: the City Council publishes the Westminster Nature Conservation Strategy.


1994: The UK demonstrates its commitment to the Convention and publishes the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP). Actions and targets are developed for 382 different species and 28 habitats that are considered of greatest value to biodiversity nation-wide.

1992: The UK first demonstrates its commitment to the conservation of global biodiversity and signs the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, along with 152 other countries.

Last updated: 18 May 2016
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