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Guide to acronyms

AESAgri-Environment Scheme
ALGEAssociation of Local Government Ecologists
APPGAll Party Parliamentary Group
ARCAmphibian and Reptile Conservation
ASCOBANSAgreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic And North Seas
ACOBAMSAgreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area
AWGAgriculture Working Group
BANCBritish Association of Nature Conservationists
BAPBiodiversity Action Plan
BASCBritish Association for Shooting and Conservation
BCButterfly Conservation
BBCTBumblebee Conservation Trust
BCTBat Conservation Trust
BERRDepartment for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
BESBritish Ecological Society
BFWBlueprint for Water coalition
BIGBiodiversity Integration Group
BISDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
BLBuglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
BMAPABritish Marine Aggregates Producers' Association
BMCBritish Mountaineering Council
BPBBiodiversity Programme Board
BRAGBiodiversity Research Advisory Group
BRIGBiodiversity Reporting & Information Group
BTBadger Trust
bTBBovine Tuberculosis
BTCVBritish Trust for Conservation Volunteers
BSBIBotanical Society of the British Isles
BWGBiodiversity Working Group
CAPCommon Agricultural Policy
CAWT Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking
CBACouncil for British Archaeology
CBDConvention on Biological Diversity
CBNRM Community-Based Natural Resource Management
CCAMLRCommission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
CCBRCo-ordinating Commission for Biological Recording
CCWCountryside Council for Wales
CEClient Earth
CEECouncil for Environmental Education
CFECampaign for the Farmed Environment
CFPCommon Fisheries Policy
CITES Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species
CLGCommunities and Local Government
CMACountryside Management Association
CMSConvention on Migratory Species
CNPCampaign for National Parks
COPConference of Parties
COTES Control of Trade in Endangered Species
CPRECampaign to Protect Rural England
CSDUnited Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
CSIPCetacean Strandings Investigation Programme
CWCampaign Whale
DECCDepartment of Energy and Climate Change
DEFRADepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
DTIDepartment of Trade & Industry
DfTDepartment for Transport
EAEnvironment Agency
EACEnvironmental Audit Committee
EBGEngland Biodiversity Group
EBSEngland Biodiversity Strategy
EBSGEngland Biodiversity Stakeholder Group
EDMEarly Day Motion
EEAEuropean Environment Agency
EEBEuropean Environment Bureau
EPPZEnvironmental Preservation and Protection Zone
EftecEconomics for the Environment Consultancy
ELSEntry Level Scheme
EIAEnvironmental Investigation Agency
ESAGEnvironmental Statistics Advisory Group
EUEuropean Union
FAForestry Authority
FAOFood & Agriculture Organisation
FBAFreshwater Biological Association
FCForestry Commission
FCOForeign & Commonwealth Office
FCMZFisheries Conservation and Management Zone
FEAForest Enterprise Agency
FFIFauna & Flora International
FOEFriends of the Earth
FSCForest Stewardship Council
FWPSFarm Woodland Premium Scheme
GAECGood Agricultural and Environmental Condition
GATTGeneral Agreement on Tariff and Trade
GPEGreenest Planning Ever coalition
GTThe Grasslands Trust
HCTThe Herpetological Conservation Trust
HMTHer Majesty’s Treasury
HOTHawk and Owl Trust
HSIHumane Society International
IBDAIntegrated Biodiversity Delivery Area
ICFInstitute of Chartered Foresters
IEEM     Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
IEEPInstitute for European Environmental Policy
IFAWInternational Fund for Animal Welfare
IFMInstitute of Fisheries Management
IMMIntermediate Ministerial Meeting
IPCInfrastructure Planning Commission
ISGIndependent Scientific Group
ITEInstitute of Terrestrial Ecology
IUCNInternational Union for the Conservation of Nature
IWCInternational Whaling Commission
JLGJoint Liaison Group
JNCCJoint Nature Conservation Committee
LAALocal Area Agreements
LCLaw Commission 
LSWGLegal Strategy Working Group
LUPWGLand Use Planning Working Group
MAFFMinistry of Agriculture Fisheries & Food
MCSMarine Conservation Society
MCZMarine Conservation Zone
MMOMarine Management Organisation
MPAMarine Protected Area
MPSMarine Policy Statement
MSMammal Society
MSFDMarine Strategy Framework Directive
MSPMarine Spatial Planning
MWGMarine Working Group
NDPBNon-departmental public body
NENatural England
NERCNatural Environment Research Council
NEWPNatural Environment White Paper
NGONon-Governmental Organisation
NIELNorthern Ireland Environment Link
NPAsNational Park Authorities
NPSNational Park Service
NTNational Trust
NWCUNational Wildlife Crime Unit
OfwatWater Services Regulation Authority
OSSOpen Spaces Society
PCPond Conservation
PEGPeople’s Engagement Group
PPGPlanning Policy Guidance Note
PPSPlanning Policy Statement
PSAPublic Service Agreement
PTESPeople’s Trust for Endangered Species
RACsRegional Advisory Committees
RAGRural Affairs Group
RBGRoyal Botanic Gardens
RDARegional Development Agency
RDPERural Development Programme for England
RBMPRiver Basin Management Plan
RSPBRoyal Society for the Protection of Birds
RSPCARoyal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
RTThe Rivers Trusts
RWPRural White Paper
SACsSpecial Areas of Conservation
SBSTTASubsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
SELScottish Environment Link
SIGStrategy Implementation Group
SNCOStatutory Nature Conservation Organisation
SNHScottish Natural Heritage
SNRSub-national review
SPAsSpecial Protection Areas
SSSISite of Special Scientific Interest
SSNSpecies Survival Network
STShark Trust
STASalmon & Trout Association
SUDGSeabed User and Developer Group
TBGTerrestrial Biodiversity Group
TCPATown and Country Planning Organisation
TWTThe Wildlife Trusts
UFAWUniversities Federation for Animal Welfare
UKBISGUK Biodiversity Indicators Steering Group
UKBPSCUK Biodiversity Partnership Standing Committee
UKOOAUK Offshore Operators Association
UNUnited Nations
UNFCCCUnited Nations Framework on Climate Change
WCLWildlife and Countryside Link
WCMCWorld Conservation Monitoring Centre
WDCSWhale and Dolphin Conservation Society
WELWales Environment Link
WFDWater Framework Directive
WGRIWorking Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention
WTWoodland Trust
WPZWater Protection Zone
WSPAWorld Society for the Protection of Animals
WTWGWildlife Trade Working Group
WTOWorld Trade Organisation
WWGWater Working Group
WWGWhales Working Group
WWPWater White Paper
WWTWildfowl & Wetlands Trust
ZSLZoological Society of London