563. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (the 'joint committee'1) was originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, 2but was re-constituted3 and continues in existence under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 20064.

The joint committee and the UK conservation bodies5 have certain functions6 for the purposes of:

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    (1)     nature conservation7; and

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    (2)     fostering the understanding of nature conservation8,

and each of them must, in discharging those functions, have regard to actual or possible ecological changes9, and the desirability of contributing to sustainable development10.

The UK conservation bodies have the following functions11, which may be discharged only through the joint committee12:

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    (a)    

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