Conservation 21

Natural England’s strategy to protect England’s nature and landscapes – “for people to enjoy and the ecosystem services they provide” – was published late last year, since when there does not seem to have been much comment on it.  You can download it here.

It says that the government’s ambition is for England to be a great place to live, with a healthy natural environment on land and at sea that benefits people and the economy.  The strategy sets out Natural England’s thinking about what we need to do differently and how we need to work with others, to better deliver this shared ambition.  The strategy’s 3 guiding principles are to:

  • create resilient landscapes and seas
  • put people at the heart of the environment
  • grow natural capital

Here’s an extract:

“Conservation 21 represents fundamental change in how our teams will be organised and what they will do. We already organise our local delivery work around the most important landscapes, or focus areas. We will set our objectives in these areas at a level and scale that enables and drives creativity and integration of our delivery work. We will use our regulatory levers more strategically, and therefore more sparingly at the site or scheme level. Our operational principles will mean we start from a position of trust in our partners. Our people will provide expertise and evidence, and rather than focus on enforcement, be skilled in working with partners, operating credibly at a senior level with business and planning sectors.”

The words forest, tree and wood are not mentioned.


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