Biodiversity Action Plan
Implementation & monitoring
An essential part of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan consists of putting the proposed actions into effect. Many actions will require a substantial input of time and resources although in many cases substantial progress can be made by adjusting priorities. It is recommended that organisations review their work programmes and strategies to ensure that they can contribute towards the delivery of the BAP. Subsequent actions with longer-term goals can be developed in the light of the progress which has been made. This is the whole basis for the plan as an evolving process. Partnership working is fundamental to the success of the BAP and it is vital that close links are established between organisations working on the same Action Plan. In some cases this may necessitate working groups, while in others a more informal arrangement, such as email groups, may be sufficient. To help this process a list of key contacts is provided in Appendix 2. Annual workshops are planned. These will enable partners to share knowledge, celebrate achievements and identify future action. Appendix 3 illustrates some of the actions you as an individual or community group can do to benefit biodiversity.
A Steering Group will be created to oversee the implementation of the BAP. This group will meet every six months, subject to review and will include senior representatives from key organisations. The Steering Group will be supported by a Technical Group, consisting of representatives from Calderdale Council’s Countryside and Forestry Unit, English Nature, Halifax Scientific Society and West Yorkshire Ecology. In monitoring the progress and the effectiveness of the plan it may be helpful to identify possible problems at an early stage so that these may be addressed and hopefully ways found to overcome them. Therefore, partners will be asked to provide yearly updates for the action points for which they are responsible. Plan Co-ordinators will collate brief Annual Reports, which in turn will provide the basis for an Annual Review.
It will be essential for all Partners, community groups and individuals to forward data to the ecological databases held by Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Ecology if the full potential of the plan is to be realised.
Partnership and a committed ownership is an important aspect of Calderdale’s BAP. For this reason local people and organisations with the capacity to deliver the BAP are being consulted. All key partners have a responsibility to consult widely within their own organisations on implementing the Plan.