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1 An EAUC Practical Guide HEFCE - Leadership Foundation Conference, 2007 Michelle Dixon, Project Manager and Environmental Advisor University of Hertfordshire

2 Presentation outline Why a biodiversity guide for Further and Higher Education? Project team and support Aim and outline of the guide Dissemination, publicity and success Next steps

3 Why a biodiversity guide for Further and Higher Education? National and international action to halt the decline of biodiversity Rio Earth Summit, 1992 Biodiversity, the UK Plan, 1992 A biodiversity strategy for England, 2002 NERC Bill, 2006 FHE campuses in the UK are collectively the size of the Isle of Wight HEFCE’s Sustainable development in higher education strategy

4 Why a biodiversity guide for Further and Higher Education? Benefits to the institution, staff and students Reputation and Green Image Environmental responsibility of the next generation Legislative compliance People and Partnership Education and curriculum greening Healthy living and well being Volunteering Planning and new developments Saving money But Biodiversity is a forgotten FHE environmental management issue. No sector specific guidance existed before the EAUC Guide.

5 Project team and support Who made the guide possible? - Project sponsors: HEFCE and Scottish Biodiversity Action Fund - Project manager - Core project team: 4 members - EAUC Network - Case study contributors - Designer and printer - Project endorsers

6 Aims of the biodiversity guide Getting started in practical projects ‘How to’ information Simple tips Best practice examples Basic business case Habitat management Legislation Signposts

7 Structure and section outline Part 1: The Institutional Context Drivers for Action Benefiting from Biodiversity Making Biodiversity Happen Communicating Biodiversity Part 2: Practical Management General tips on enhancing, maintaining and creating common habitats found on campus. Part 3: Further information The Legal Position Useful Organisations Feedback:

8 Dissemination, Publicity and Success 3000 copies printed and distributed to all HEFCE funded institutions to the Vice Chancellor (3 copies), all SFC funded institutions to the Vice Chancellor/Principal (3 copies), All EAUC members (if not included in the above) (3 copies), HEFCE LSC, Scottish Executive, English Nature, RSPB, Pond Conservation, Plus one copy to all organisations listed in the Guide Available free on the EAUC Website EAUC biodiversity jiscmail and subject interest group.www.eauc.org.uk/biodiversity Launched, promoted and distributed at the EAUC Annual Conference (10-12 April 2006), with over 150 delegates. Specific breakout workshop. Scottish Launch at the University of Glasgow on 22 May 2006 (UN International Day of Biodiversity). Further biodiversity event at UH in Aug Discussions are taking place with HEEPI regarding a new Biodiversity category in their Green Gown Awards.

9 Dissemination, Publicity and Success Widespread awareness and marketing EAUC Strategic Partners; HEEAF network, DEFRA, Association of University Administrators, National Environment Research Council, Universities UK etc. EAUC website News section, EARTH & E-News (EAUC newsletters) Empower 06 the FE procurement Conference (25/26 April 06), HEEPI, AUDE, SCOP, CVCP, DEFRA etc. AUDE and SAUDE newsletters Press releases to academic, environment and mainstream press such as Environment Guardian, Field Studies Council, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage plus NI and Welsh equivalents. Natural History Museum, WWF, RSPB etc. Partner websites such as HE ESD network, UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP), National Biodiversity Network, Learning that Lasts, Green Places

10 Dissemination, Publicity and Success EAUC Biodiversity Guide goes international! The Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity reviewed and commended the biodiversity guide in May Programme Officer visit to UH in Aug Biodiversity on Campus project to be used as a flagship project of the Convention and promoted throughout the world. The Guide will now be distributed throughout Universities in Canada and a network of developing countries so that they can produce regional versions.

11 Next steps in biodiversity The work goes on! Practical Projects to Solid Strategies Who do we need to influence/involve? How do we sell biodiversity to senior managers? What areas do we need to focus on? What other environmental management issues do we need to link biodiversity with? Ideas for new projects. Volunteers.


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