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Future Nature

posted 18 Sep 2010, 12:52 by Haley Whittall
Next Spring, along with the usual seasonal sproutings, we will also see the emergence of a government White Paper announcing a new policy direction to protect and enhance the natural environment.  According to the DEFRA website, this will be:
“a bold and ambitious statement outlining the Government’s vision for the natural environment, backed up with practical action to deliver that ambition.  It represents an opportunity to change the way we think about and manage the natural environment, seeing it as a system and valuing the services it gives us.”
“The Government believes that communities, businesses, civil society organisations and local authorities should have much bigger roles in protecting and enhancing the natural environment and a much bigger say about our priorities for managing the natural environment.”
Gosh!  A discussion document “An Invitation to shape the Nature of England” has been issued and consultation is open to anyone until 30th October.  The Invitation and details of how to have your say, are on the DEFRA website.  Interesting times ahead.  “The Barclays Ghyll” anyone?
By Pete Meiners