University of Oxford Biodiversity Policy
The University Biodiversity Policy is to preserve and where possible enhance the wildlife habitats in non-urban and urban environments owned by, or related to, the University and reduce the University's environmental impacts on biodiversity both locally and globally. The University will achieve this through a detailed strategy which takes into account the diversity of activities within the University's departments.
The University of Oxford Biodiversity Policy was approved by Council in 2008.
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity means the whole variety of life on Earth, not just species which are rare or threatened. Biodiversity is fundamental for the Earth's life support system. It provides basic natural services which humans have always been able to take for granted, such as the provision of fresh water, fertile soil, clean air, stable weather conditions, building materials, furniture, food and medicine. Biodiversity protection and enhancement is relevant to the University-owned land, both in the urban and non-urban environment (eg parks, woods, landscaping and gardens).