North East England has a rich and varied environment incorporating coastal, rural and urban landscapes covered by a range of international, national and local designations. These high quality landscapes and the natural environments they support are intrinsically valuable and many are visually pleasing, creating iconic views that are known across the world.
Environmental Growth recognises the link between health, the economy and the environment. It involves investing in Nature, so that it is more connected, functions better and provides more.
Through this high level strategic document we want to create biodiversity gain and add value to ecosystem services.
· We will influence and take a lead in creating opportunities for partners to expand their ambitions, plans and approach to project delivery.
· We will encourage businesses, communities, landowners, health professionals and individuals to work together to support our vision of making…
‘The North East England the best place to be’
It reinforces the need to move away from the traditional focus on the protection of existing biodiversity resources towards delivering growth in ecological networks, an increase in natural capital, securing natural heritage through better management and ensuring economic activity has a positive link with our natural environment.
As the strategy is delivered it should ultimately lead to an increase in the number of landscapes, wildlife sites and marine areas recognised as important natural heritage features through national or local designation.
To achieve its vision of a thriving natural environment, the NEENP has set out its ambitions through its 4 thematic work themes:
|Increase our biodiversity resource by restoring the natural environment at a landscape scale to create a resilient and coherent ecological network in the North East|
|Achieve economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and intergenerationally fair by demonstrating the value of the natural environment as an employer, wealth creator and an attraction to investors.|
For every child in North East England to access outdoor learning throughout their school life to maximise every child’s creativity, academic performance and healthy development.
|For communities of all ages to have regular access and exposure to biodiverse landscapes to enhance health and wellbeing and reduce the costs of long term conditions and social care.|
Follow the link below for a copy of our 20 year Vision for environmental growth_2017_FINAL