Step-change for nature’s recovery needed

Friday 19th August 2011

Noctule Bat - part of the Black Country's BiodiversityNoctule Bat - part of the Black Country's Biodiversity

As the Government today (Friday 19 August) announces the England Biodiversity Strategy (EBS), The Wildlife Trust welcomes the ambitions within it.

The Wildlife Trust believes it is now imperative for the commitments outlined in the EBS to be pushed through with urgency, and to be embedded across Government.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:
“We must not underestimate how much nature matters to both people and the economy. The evidence for why it is important is stronger then ever before.

“We know what needs to be done to restore the natural environment, and we know how to make it happen. We welcome the commitment in the EBS to ‘learn from the experience of organisations and partnerships … such as The Wildlife Trusts’. The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for A Living Landscape has seen 99 schemes set into motion across England. These schemes involve a partnership led, landscape-scale approach to restoring the natural environment. We need Government to help make this possible on a much wider scale.

“The Government must see through its commitment in the EBS to ‘deliver a real step change’. We need a sense of urgency to secure nature’s restoration and recovery through taking a landscape-scale approach. People and communities should be at the heart of this approach, as outlined in the Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP).

“The Wildlife Trusts will take an active role in the next step, which is to shape the delivery plan. We see this is an important step towards achieving the ambitions of the NEWP.”


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