30th October 2020

JNCC Oceans & Climate Change

JNCC Oceans & Climate Change

The UK governments have a shared vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has responsibility for nature conservation in the offshore marine environment, which begins at the edge of territorial waters and extends to the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).  This environment supports a diverse range of benthic habitats, and many important species, including seabirds and marine mammals.  The biodiversity in the offshore environment is vital to many aspects of human well-being, such as supplying food and energy, and regulating global climate.

JNCC play a key role in supporting government and industry to use the offshore environment sustainably, through identifying, monitoring and advising on protected areas; and by advising on the impacts of offshore industries.  Their experts have a thorough understanding of how marine ecosystems function and how they are affected by human activities.  This knowledge is crucial in understanding how UK seas can be managed to minimise long-term damage and conserve marine biodiversity and ecosystem services for future generations.

To find out more about JNCC and their work please visit: https://jncc.gov.uk/

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