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Friday 23 March
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15 Steps to Biodiversity Benchmark certification

ARU is a leading centre for teaching and research in ecology. We want to demonstrate this in how we manage our campuses, and to prove how well we do this we’d like to achieve certification to the Biodiversity Benchmark standard, run by the Wildlife Trusts.

The following table describes our progress towards achieving the Biodiversity Benchmark standard.

Requirement Why? Progress
1. Policy commitment To demonstrate we are serious about biodiversity 100% complete: see our Environmental policy.
2. Engage external partners To help define our biodiversity objectives and share learning 70% complete: partnerships have been formed but more are needed.
3. Performance improvement We need to demonstrate continual biodiversity protection and enhancement because thats the purpose of the standard 30% complete: we can evidence some improvements, but the baseline surveys and surveillance regime are needed to demonstrate continual improvement.
4. Baseline ecological surveys of our campuses a) To identify species and habitats on our campuses
b) To assess the significance of species and habitats using our environmental management system procedure OP07
c) To identify potential wildlife protection and enhancement measures
d) To identify indicator species to monitor the results of our actions
100% complete: see our Biodiversity Baseline Survey & Action Plan 2016.
5. Objectives & targets To protect and enhance noteworthy species and habitats identified by the baseline ecological surveys 100% complete: see the biodiversity section of our environmental strategy.
6. Action plans To achieve our objectives & targets 100% complete: see the biodiversity section of our environmental strategy.
7. Register of legal and other requirements To demonstrate we are aware of our legal responsibilities and can demonstrate compliance with them 100% complete: see our Register of environmental laws & other requirements.
8. Biodiversity management system To practically implement our policy commitments, objectives, targets and action plans 100% complete: see our ISO 14001 environmental management system.
9. Responsibilities and resources To ensure we know whos responsible for doing what, overseen by our Biodiversity Steering Group. 100% complete: see our Responsibilities matrix.
10. Training & competence To demonstrate that people working for or on our behalf that may cause a significant impact on biodiversity are competent 90% complete: this is verified through our internal audit programme, although additional guidance is planned based on the results of the baseline ecological surveys.
11. Communication Of our biodiversity commitments, responsibilities and performance to internal and external audiences 100% complete: achieved through our Communications framework.
12. Documentation Describing our how our biodiversity management system is structured and operates 100% complete: achieved through our System manual.
13. Measurement and Monitoring To verify the protection and enhancement of noteworthy species and habitats, and achievements of our objectives and targets 50% complete: targets and indicators have been identified although collection of baseline data is in progress
14. Identifying and dealing with problems & internal audits To ensure that threats to noteworthy species and habitats are identified and rectified, and ensure that the biodiversity management system is being implemented effectively 100% complete: achieved by our incident reporting process and internal audit programme.
15. Management Review To periodically review, with our external partners, whether our biodiversity management system continues to be fit for purpose 80% complete: our Biodiversity Steering Group are responsible for conducting management reviews. One has been completed but further reviews require completion of the above actions first.