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Caithness Field Club Bulletin
Progress with Biodiversity
(by Ken Butler)
In 1992 the government of the day signed the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was one of a package of outcomes from the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro. The government was quick off the mark with its own response to Article 6 of the Convention, which was to publish in January 1994 the UK Biodiversity Action Plan - known as the UKBAP for short.
The Earth Summit recognised that the earth was losing biological species at a fast rate as a result of human activity. Action at all levels, from international co-operation level to local community level, was needed to help species to survive. It also needs co-operation between various government agencies, support and help from non-government organisations, academics and help from local communities.
The UK-level plan to respond to the
requirements now includes:
Responsibility for Biodiversity was
devolved to Scotland and down to Highland Council. Highland Council
prepared an Action Plan in January 2002.
· the county is divided into six
habitats which correspond to the national list of habitats - they are: