DEFRA Consultations on Nature Recovery & Environmental Targets

1 April 2022

Nature Recovery Green Paper: Protected Sites and Species

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued a consultation on the government’s proposals to drive nature recovery in England. The proposals, set out in a Green Paper, support ambitions to restore nature and halt the decline in species by 2030. It covers two specific areas – protected sites and species, as well as several policy areas relating to biodiversity targets.

Feedback from the consultation will help put changes in place that deliver broader goals for nature restoration.

The consultation closes on 11 May 2022.

Click here to view the Green Paper and all related consultation documents.

Consultation on Environmental Targets

The Environment Act 2021 requires the government to set at least one long-term target in each of the following areas: air quality, water, biodiversity and resource efficiency, and waste reduction. It also requires targets to be set for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and species abundance.

These targets form part of the government’s response to the clear scientific case and growing public demand, for a step-change in environmental protection. Environmental targets will need action across the economy and will provide long-term certainty to businesses and society. The government forecasts that this will stimulate innovation and economic growth – creating and supporting green jobs across the country.

The government is considering targets beyond the legal minimum required, with additional proposals on biodiversity, water, marine, and woodland cover. DEFRA is asking for views on the proposed targets which aim to deliver environmental outcomes in the areas with the greatest problems.

The consultation closes  on 11 May 2022.

Click here to view the environmental targets consultation documents.

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