Biodiversity is the variety of all life on earth. It does not just represent rare or threatened animals and plants, but includes all of the natural world, including humans.

Biodiversity is important in its own right, but also contributes to our health and wellbeing, helps tackle climate change and can support local economies. It is important that we protect and enhance biodiversity for our own health and prosperity and that of future generations.

Local Biodiversity Action Plan

Since signing the Convention on Biological Diversity at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, the UK has committed to halting the loss of biodiversity. Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs) are seen as a crucial way to do this at a local level.

An updated LBAP covering the period 2017-2021 was approved by Committee in February, following public consultation.  Superseding and building on the Dunbartonshire LBAP 2010-2013, this document emphasises the social, economic and environmental benefits to be gained from conserving and enhancing biodiversity.

The East Dunbartonshire Local Biodiversity Action is available to download as a pdf from the Documents section. Paper copies are also available in libraries, hubs and Council offices.

Biodiversity Duty

The Council, and all other public bodies, has a legal duty to conserve and protect biodiversity. The steps we have taken to do this over the three-year period from 2012-2014 are available in the Document section.