A proposed definition of LERCs received generally positive feedback, and following the comments on this, and some further inspection from the Business Development subgroup and the ALERC directors, the following definition has been finalised:
“Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) are not-for-profit organisations that collect, collate and manage information on the natural environment for a defined geographic area. LERCs support and collaborate with a network of experts to ensure information is robust, and make information products and services accessible to a range of audiences including decision-makers, the public, and researchers.”
Whilst these are not huge changes, they are a step on the way to forging a more cohesive and coordinated ALERC. Special thanks must be given to those who took the time to respond to the consultation and those who contributed to the conference debate.