Jersey's unique natural environment is protected and conserved for future generations

Long-term perspective

Jersey's natural environment, countryside and coast, is a defining feature of the Island's attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit. Good stewardship means taking action to ensure the natural environment, so treasured by Islanders, is available for future generations to enjoy. Despite its small size, Jersey contains an incredibly diverse range of natural habitats, alongside its more built-up areas, and the countryside and coast contribute significantly to Islanders' quality of life

Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23

A Government Plan 2020-23 priority is to protect and value Jersey's natural environment. It proposes investment in conservation, protection, sustainable resource use and demand management.

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In May 2019, a seminal United Nations report starkly outlined the rapid deterioration in biodiversity and habitats, and the extinction of species due to human activity. They suggested this will have negative impacts on humankind because of the reliance on functioning ecosystems. Jersey is home to internationally-recognised habitats and species and the management and protection of the natural environment is therefore vital.

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The Bailiwick of Jersey has 2,445 km2 of territorial seas (compared with 120 km2 of land) which contain over 3,200 known species of plants and animals and at least 100 different habitats. (The actual total of species and habitats is probably double this.) This complex and productive ecosystem has internationally important habitats, such as seagrass, kelp and maerl, and key species as dolphins, sea fans and sharks.

Jersey is committed to conserving its marine species and habitats through several international conventions and agreements including Ramsar, OSPAR, ASCOBANs and the Convention of Biological Diversity. Conservation and protection are also critical for marine-based economic and social activities such as watersports, fishing and tourism - which require seas that are clean, biodiverse and sustainably managed.

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