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12/08/2021

Government consults on Local Nature Recovery Strategies

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on plans for Local Nature Recovery Strategies in England.

The strategies are proposed in the environment bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament.

They are intended to “drive up” the recovery of England’s landscapes and wildlife by creating a new tool for local areas to agree priorities and map proposals for nature’s recovery.

The aim is to help local communities work together to identify where action should be taken on nature’s recovery as part of the government’s plans to build England's Nature Recovery Network. They will be able to set out nature-based solutions to address wider environmental issues, such as mitigating flood risk, planting trees, or restoring peatland for carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow, said: “These Local Nature Recovery Strategies will be a key part of our green recovery and help kick-start the creation of over a million acres of joined-up habitats which people can enjoy across the country.

“I urge local authorities and public bodies alike to take part in our consultation and provide views. Once rolled out nationally, Local Nature Recovery Strategies will underpin the Nature Recovery Network – a flagship element of our 25-year environment plan and a key mechanism for knitting these precious habitats together.”

Local Nature Recovery Strategies pilots have taken place in Cornwall, Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Northumberland and Cumbria. Managed by Natural England, these pilots have informed the policy development and next steps.

Natural England chair Tony Juniper added: “Natural England has played a key role in developing the Local Nature Recovery Strategies, including running the pilots which used an evidence-based, locally led, collaborative approach. We look forward to the results of the consultation and then supporting rolling Local Nature Recovery Strategies out across England to help create a national Nature Recovery Network that allows nature to thrive for the benefit of people and wildlife.”

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