The government has opened a consultation on their plans for the introduction of Local Nature Recovery Strategies across England.
The aim of the Local Nature Recovery Strategies is to ensure more value is placed on nature, utilising a tool by which local areas can agree and develop priorities and map proposals for nature’s recovery. As part of the national Nature Recovery Network these strategies will also consider where nature-based solutions could help in addressing other environmental issues such as flood risk and the mitigation of climate change.
Successful pilot schemes have already been carried out in Cornwall, Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Northumberland and Cumbria and the resulting feedback has informed policy development.
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.’