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Biodiversity and Ecosystems


This inquiry examines how the UK can best protect and enhance biodiversity.

We are:

  • reviewing the UK Government’s performance on achieving international and domestic biodiversity targets in preparation for the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • examining the state of biodiversity in the UK and the effect UK activities have on biodiversity abroad
  • evaluating domestic policies aimed and conserving and enhancing biodiversity including the Environmental Land Management Scheme, Nature Recovery Networks and Biodiversity Net Gain
  • considering how policy be best integrated to address biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development, in particular examining nature-based solutions to climate change
  • exploring the economics of biodiversity
  • considering what outcomes and protections the UK Government should be advocating for at COP15

Read the call for evidence for more information about this inquiry.

See the winning photos from our biodiversity photo competition.

Read the interactive summary of the report.

Work news

Toothless Government policy and targets insufficient to stem the tide of UK biodiversity loss
The Environmental Audit Committee publishes report on biodiversity and ecosystems
30 June 2021
Committee biodiversity photo competition winner announced
Winner of the EAC biodiversity competition announced as damselflies by Michael Swailes.
28 June 2021
EAC to hear from HMT Minister Kemi Badenoch on the implementation of Professor Dasgupta’s review of the economics of biodiversity
Minister will be questioned on how the Government intends to respond to the recommendations outlined in Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s recent report on the economics of biodiversity
1 March 2021
Committee examines report on the economics of biodiversity
The Environmental Audit Committee discuss Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s recent report
22 February 2021
Ministers questioned as part of Biodiversity and Ecosystems inquiry
The Environmental Audit Committee will hear from Environment Secretary George Eustice, FCDO and DEFRA Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith and MHCLG Minister Christopher Pincher.
8 January 2021
Committee fishing for wildlife photographer to capture the beauty of British nature
Committee urges members of the public to send in photos that capture British nature
5 January 2021
Professor Partha Dasgupta to give evidence to MPs as part of the work exploring biodiversity and ecosystems
Environmental Audit Committee to consider the economics of biodiversity, nature-based solutions and mainstreaming biodiversity into trade and development policy and private sector operations.
7 December 2020
Natural England finances squeezed by Government making biodiversity protection challenging
Natural England has written to the Environmental Audit Committee
13 November 2020
How effective is UK policy in protecting biodiversity?
Committee to take evidence on domestic policy and implementation aimed at protecting biodiversity
11 November 2020
Experts questioned on current state of UK biodiversity
Environmental Audit Committee examines what the Government should be prioritising ahead of COP15
16 October 2020
We must slam the brakes on biodiversity loss, says Chair
Environmental Audit Committee Chair comments on Sir David Attenborough documentary on extinction and UN biodiversity targets
14 September 2020
MPs to consider how the Government can enhance healthy ecosystems
Committee launches new inquiry into biodiversity and ecosystems
14 July 2020
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