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Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Location: Peterborough, England
Specific Objectives: Natural & Cultural Heritage, Coastal and Transitional Water Ecosystems

Project Types: Conservation of biodiversity
Natural capital and ecosystem services
Marine ecosystem management
Protected areas
Earth Observations
Environmental monitoring and assessment
Data / Knowledge system development and/or management
Nature-Based Solutions


JNCC is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. JNCC is led by the Joint Committee, which brings together members from the nature conservation bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and independent members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under an independent Chair.

JNCC brings together scientific and technical expertise, extensive knowledge of policy at global, European and national levels and skills in working with other organisations. Our staff are based in offices in Peterborough and Aberdeen.

JNCC’s role is to provide evidence, information and advice so that decisions are made that protect biodiversity, natural resources and systems. Our specific role is to work on nature conservation issues that affect the UK as a whole and internationally, and includes: 

  • As UK Government’s nature conservation advisor in European and global fora we take forward issues from the four countries in the UK to inform policy development. We then provide support to ensure that European and international requirements are understood and implemented through national policies and actions within a devolved UK.
  • We provide objective advice on the priorities for creating a cost-effective evidence-base for use across the UK and the investment required to make it happen. We devise strategies for collecting and using data and provide tools and mechanisms to enable others to make their data freely available.
  • We play a key role in the UK’s offshore marine nature conservation. That includes identifying, monitoring and advising on how protected areas are run and providing advice on the impacts of offshore industries.

We also support nature conservation in the UK’s 14 Overseas Territories and three Crown Dependencies, all of which are important for global biodiversity and geodiversity.


Matt Smith
Ecosystems and Natural Capital Adviser
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Programme