Corporate Biodiversity Strategy
Decision Maker: City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This Strategy sets out how the Council aims to fulfil its duties under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
To adopt the Corporate Biodiversity Strategy following public consultation
The Head of Environmental Development submitted a report (previously circulated, now appended) which detailed the Corporate Biodiversity Strategy 2015 -2020.
Cllr John Tanner, Board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, Climate Change and Transport presented the report. He explained it was a cross cutting policy affecting everything we do. Council can promote biodiversity through parks, planning and grants. There is no extra money available for this work so it is important to do what we can within current budgets but there is a strong volunteer network devoted to encouraging biodiversity within the city.
The Environmental Sustainability Officer explained that the strategy sets out what the Council is currently doing and what it could do to improve biodiversity in the city. It includes sharing knowledge about what we can do and creating biodiversity champions (which is a revamp of the carbon champions to include biodiversity). Work has already been done with the Parks team to encourage bees in the parks.
Cllr Price asked that protecting habitats objectives be included in the strategy as it is useful to think up new ways we can improve them. The volunteer community could achieve habitat objectives with little money.
The City Executive Board resolved to approve the Corporate Biodiversity Strategy for public consultation.
Report author: Mai Jarvis
Publication date: 19/12/2014
Date of decision: 17/12/2014
Decided at meeting: 17/12/2014 - City Executive Board (became Cabinet on 13 May 2019)
Effective from: 24/12/2014