In 2005 new funding from defra, English Nature, Environment Agency and the Local Biodiversity Steering Groups enabled the regional partnership to take a more strategic approach to the delivery of biodiversity targets. Through this funding a North West Regional Biodiversity Manager and five Local Biodiversity Managers covering Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Merseyside were appointed.
Each of the five areas in the North West has produced a plan to focus the delivery of biodiversity targets for the period 2006 - 2008. These plans are known as Business and Communication Plans but they should be seen as an integral part of the Biodiversity Action Plan; much in the same way as individual Habitat Action Plans and Species Action Plans are. The purpose of the Business and Communication Plan is to focus on a specific subset of the BAP targets for implementation between 2006 - 2008. The business plans are tools for concentrating resources for a finite period in order to maximise progress towards biodiversity targets. Ongoing actions that are not specifically included in the Business and communication Plan are unaffected.
The separate business and communication plans can be downloaded below.
(The plans are in Adobe Acrobat pdf format for ease of downloading and reading. To save right click, save target as)