This is an overview of the Government's Natural Environment White Paper:
“A strong, vibrant natural environment is vital to the protection of the nation’s health, economy and security. Society benefits from the natural environment through ecosystem services, such as the production of food and drinking water, the extraction of minerals for commercial use and natural flood defences. However, as man-made demands on the environment grow, new, more advanced systems of utilising land must be found.
In June 2011, the government released the Natural Environment White Paper, setting out their environmental priorities for the next 50 years. The White Paper contains proposals for new initiatives including the creation of Local Nature Partnerships and Nature Improvement Areas. Local Nature Partnerships will work alongside Local Enterprise Zones to promote the green economy. A central theme throughout the White Paper is the decentralisation of environmental policy. The government intends to create Local Green Areas to empower communities to protect their local environments.
Alongside the Natural Environment White Paper, the government has also published their response to Professor Sir John Lawton’s Review – Making Space for Nature. Lawton’s review sets out 24 recommendations to achieve a ‘coherent and resilient ecological network.' The government have built on Lawton’s findings in the White Paper, announcing plans to create an independent National Capital Committee that will measure the value of the natural environment and how it contributes to the wider economy.”
These views are supported by the following illustrious organisations:
· Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
· Natural Enterprise
· Environment and Housing Board, Local Government Association
· Natural England
· Infrastructure Planning Commission
· Technology Strategy Board
· National Farmers Union
· Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
· Grantham Institute for Climate Change
Funny how here in Broadland we have seen a headlong rush to support new proposals and fora to support wholesale development but we are somehow reluctant to become involved in the Local Nature Partnerships that this White Paper talks about. Your choice I guess - development or countryside!