Government and Nature Partnerships
In 2011, the UK government made a commitment through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Natural Environment White Paper, The Natural Choice: Securing the value of nature, to support the creation of Local Nature Partnerships. Their purpose is to work strategically to ensure the value and function of nature is considered in local decision making and develop a environmental strategy locally.
- Development, farming and economic activities to create a net gain in biodiversity
- Reduction in emissions through greener business practices and efficient resource use
- Businesses to account for their use and impact on natural capital by Natural Capital Accounting
“This Government is determined to leave our natural environment in a better condition than we found it. Clean growth is not an option, but a duty we owe to the next generation, and economic growth has to go hand-in-hand with greater protection for our forests and beaches, clean air and places of outstanding natural beauty.”
- Theresa May, Prime Minster, Clean Growth Strategy, Foreward
Working with others
Public bodies have a statutory duty to take account of conservation of biodiversity/ ecologically coherent planning, retaining the protection and improvement of the natural environment as core objectives of the planning system. As such public bodies should engage with Nature Partnerships in the development of strategies and plans in much the same way they would with Local Enterprise Partnerships.
In the White Paper, Defra encourage Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Nature Partnerships to work together to forge strong links that capture the value of nature and contribute to the green economy and in our opinion in greening the economy too.
- Clean air
- Clean and plentiful water
- Thriving plants and wildlife
- Reducing the risks of harm from environmental hazard
- Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
- Enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
- Mitigating and adapting to climate change
- Minimising waste
- Managing exposure to chemicals
- Enhancing biosecurity