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Decision details

Biodiversity Working Task and Finish Group

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The Head of Parks and Countryside introduced the report which sought approval to appoint a Task and Finish Group to oversee work to respond to the declaration of a Nature Emergency in Sheffield. Membership will be drawn initially from the Communities, Parks, and Leisure Policy Committee. The Terms of Reference of the Group were appended to the report.


RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee:-

1.     Approve the appointment of a Task and Finish Group on the terms of reference at Appendix A to oversee work to respond to the Nature Emergency declared by Sheffield City Council on 16th June 2021.


Reasons for Decision


The Task and Finish Group will bring together a small, focused group of members to examine key challenges around the nature emergency and provide clear advice and direction to officers developing an action plan for the Council and city. Cross party representation will mean that political agreement is reached at an early stage of the process allowing the strategy to progress. The group will feed back advice given, and progress on the work programme to the Policy Committee, so the Committee can make informed decisions on any future actions.



Alternatives Considered and Rejected


An alternative would be to deliver a series of Knowledge Briefings for the Policy Committee. This was rejected as it would not enable constructive debate and advice to be provided to officers.


Report author: Ruth Bell

Publication date: 15/03/2023

Date of decision: 13/03/2023

Decided at meeting: 13/03/2023 - Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee

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