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Roles and responsibilities (UK)

Responsibility for nature conservation within government rests with the relevant Government Ministries. They are advised and supported by their statutory agencies namely Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee provides specialist advice and support to Governments on UK and international issues.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the UK Government lead ministry on international nature conservation issues.

Defra together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, provide advice and support to the UK’s Overseas Territories in formulating and implementing their nature conservation statutes.

More information about these and other agencies and regulators is available here.

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