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 and we will:
- Influence and take a lead in creating opportunities for partners to expand their ambitions, plans and approach to project delivery
- Encourage businesses, communities, landowners, health professionals and individuals to work together to achieve environmental growth
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.
Follow the link below for a copy of our 20 year Vision for environmental growth_2017_FINAL
Why do we need environmental growth?
An ecosystem is a community made up of living organisms and nonliving components such as air, water and mineral soil, all interacting as a system. The none living components (air, water, soil) are vital for human and animal survival. Biodiversity (the variety and abundance of species) can be considered to be the living organisms and unfortunately biodiversity is in decline. The presence of absence of organisms/ species is an indicator of ecosystem health and so if biodiversity is in decline we/ humans should be very concerned as this means the very services from the ecosystems we are dependent are also in decline. Therefore, we need environmental growth to increase biodiversity and preserve ecosystems for our own health and wellbeing as well as nature’s.
Nature is on red alert and we must act now and collectively to reverse this decline.
- In 2016 a biodiversity stocktake revealed a decline in 56% of study species.
- 1 in 10 of these species are at risk of becoming extinct.
- Worldwide, biodiversity is dropping below safe levels to support the wellbeing of human societies.
- Plants and animals are becoming extinct at an alarming rate – much faster than previous mass extinctions that were due to natural causes.
- Across the world vertebrate numbers have fallen 50% in the last 40 years.
- UK is in a state of deforestation.
- 1,000 miles of managed hedgerow between 1984 and 2007 in Britain were lost.
- This is affecting the ecosystem functions of habitats.
- Only 40 years of fertile crop growing left in UK soils.