National Biodiversity Indicator 197
The management of Local Sites is key to achieving biodiversity targets with biodiversity being ultimately lost or conserved at the local level. NI197 is a National Indicator of the proportion of Local Sites where positive conservation management is being implemented. Local Sites include Special Wildlife Sites (SWS's) and Important Geological Sites (now known as Local GS's). The indicator measures the performance of Local Authorities for biodiversity by assessing the implementation of positive conservation management of Local Sites. Positive conservation management is management that contributes to maintaining or enhancing the features of interest for which a site has been selected.
Assessing the extent of positive management identifies sites where positive management is lacking and helps to focus the efforts of the Local Site Partnership in ensuring Local Sites are managed and their biodiversity value are maintained or enhanced.