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There is now a move towards a more integrated landscape-scale approach to nature conservation as well as seeking to protect and improve ecosystem services or in total our Natural Capital. The Local Nature Partnership is promoting this in a number of ways with the main elements being the use of the Gloucestershire Nature Map, the planning of Green Infrastructure, and supporting the work on the ground carried out by partners and communities within locally recognised Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs).

Local Delivery for Biodiversity
At the Nagoya UN Biodiversity Summit (October 2010), a new 'Strategic Plan' to drive action on biodiversity through the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was agreed. This provides a global vision and direction for biodiversity policy. To take account of this, the Environment Departments of all four UK governments agreed a framework of priorities for UK level work in July 2012. The previous work carried out under the former UK Biodiversity Action Plan is now focussed in the four countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In England there is a revised biodiversity strategy called 'Biodiversity 2020'. 
Between 2009 and 2010 the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Partnership developed a 50 year vision for delivering a new County framework for biodiversity conservation through a focus on Strategic Nature Areas (SNAs) which go to make up the Gloucestershire Nature Map. SNAs provide a targeted approach to conserving biodiversity at a landscape-scale and also help us to adapt to climate change. The SNAs identify where the greatest opportunities for improving habitat restoration and creation lie, enabling the efficient delivery of resources to where they will have the greatest positive conservation impact. There are now a number of Nature Improvement Areas recognised within the county which are based around the SNAs and further details of these can be found on the Delivery page.
Until 2010 through the Gloucestershire Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) process the conservation of the natural environment was largely site based and focused on separate Habitat and Species Action Plans. These Gloucestershire action plans are now for information only and cover the main Priority Habitats and Species to be found on the English List. 
Defining and Valuing Strategic Green Infrastructure
In combination with Gloucestershire's Nature Map (and partly based on it) the LNP has produced a Strategic Green Infrastructure framework document to inform the delivery of multi-functional green space throughout the county and beyond.
See the Guiding Principles page to find out more about how improved biodiversity and green infrastructure can be delivered.
Ecological Networks?
An ecological network is a network of high quality sites, protected by buffer zones, and connected by wildlife corridors and smaller, but still wildlife rich, 'stepping stone' sites.
The essence of what needs to be done to establish a more coherent and resilent network can be summarised in four words:
Better - improve the quality of priority habitat (both within and outside protected sites), through appropriate habitat management.
Bigger - increase the size of existing priority habitat.
More - create new areas of priority habitat.
Joined - enhance ecological connections between, or join up, existing areas of priority habitat to enable wildlife to move around the landscape.
England's Biodiversity Strategy
Biodiversity 2020 - published in August 2011, sets out the government's approach to halting the decline in biodiversity over the next decade.
UK Biodiversity Framework
This Framework shows how the work of the UK countries joins up at a UK level.
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