Consultation on biodiversity plan begins
Wednesday 8th February 2012
The consultation on the draft Clackmannanshire Biodiversity Action Plan opens on Monday 20th February.
This is a chance for local people to influence how we protect many species and their habitats over the next five years.
The draft Clackmannanshire Biodiversity Action Plan (CBAP) has been produced by the Clackmannanshire Biodiversity Partnership with assistance from the Council's Sustainability Team.
You are invited to send a photographer to the launch of the consultation at 3pm on Friday 10th February. Councillor Eddie Carrick, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability, will be available for a photo opportunity with members of the Clackmannanshire Biodiversity Partnership at the Boardroom, Kilncraigs.
The Clackmannanshire Biodiversity Partnership includes a wide variety organisations and individuals who are committed to protecting biodiversity, including agencies such as Scottish Natural Heritage, environmental charities such as the RSPB and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, local landowners, and Clackmannanshire Council. The partnership is chaired by Elaine Cameron.
The Biodiversity Action Plan is important because it demonstrates the Council and its partners' commitment to, and compliance with, legislation, policies and strategies aimed at halting the ongoing decline of biodiversity, including the European Biodiversity Strategy (2010), Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, Scottish Biodiversity Strategy (2004) and National Planning Framework 2 (2009) which requires the delivery of a Central Scotland Green Network.
Sustainability Portfolio Holder, Councillor Eddie Carrick, said: "The Clackmannanshire Biodiversity Partnership has achieved a great deal since the first Biodiversity Action Plan was produced in 2003. Today's launch represents another significant step forward towards recognising the importance of taking care of and respecting our wildlife and diverse countryside.
"Local communities and local action are key to the success of maintaining and enhancing local habitats and species. The biodiversity partnership has encouraged participation from a wide variety of organisations, communities and individuals who have all played a part in producing this plan.
"Now is the time to extend that involvement. Anyone with an interest in local biodiversity can shape the final plan over the two month consultation period."
Copies of the consultation draft and its accompanying Environmental Report will be available to view at the Council's Kilncraigs offices in Alloa from Monday 20th February. They can also be requested in hard copy by emailing email@example.com or calling 01259 452639, or viewed online at www.clacksweb.org.uk/environment/biodiversity. The consultation runs until 16th April.