A thriving natural environment, providing for a healthier and wealthier North East’
Our environment has worked hard for hundreds of years, enabled economic success and is central to our North East identity. It is the most valuable asset we have; thousands of local jobs are linked to the environment and it is vitally important for our health and wellbeing. Therefore, we must ensure our economic plans create a place that is attractive to sustainable investment as well as being complementary to nature and human wellbeing.
The long term stewardship and promotion of our region’s natural environment is the core work of the North East England Nature Partnership (NEENP). To achieve a thriving natural environment and a healthier and wealthier North East England we must:
- Champion the real value of nature.
- Lead landscape-scale biodiversity enhancements to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
- Make the business case for investment in the natural environment.
- Improve community health and well-being through better access to nature.
In 2017 NEENP launched a 20-year Vision for Environmental Growth that set out opportunities to deliver improvements to the natural environment which are integrated with enhancement of local communities and support economic success.
The partnership is working strategically and collaboratively with other sectors to achieve environmental growth and add value to the ecosystem we receive from nature by focusing on 4 themes to deliver our aims.
|Restoring the natural environment at a landscape scale to create a resilient and coherent ecological network that increases our biodiversity resource.|
|Achieving 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.
|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 that help to enhance health and wellbeing and reduce the costs of long term conditions and social care.|