• Nature Recovery

    25 October 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about nature recovery. 

    The decision to leave the European Union has created an historic opportunity to deliver a green Brexit, where environmental standards are not only maintained but enhanced.

    The Environment Bill will place environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government, and legislative measures will be introduced to address the biggest environmental priorities of our age, including nature recovery. The Bill will also put environmental ambition and accountability at the very heart of government, and deliver on the commitment to leave the natural world in a better condition than we found it.

    In the 25 Year Environment Plan, the Government committed to developing a Nature Recovery Network and, in the long term, to create or restore 500,000 hectares of wildlife-rich habitat outside the protected site series. A new framework for Local Nature Recovery Strategies will also be legislated for in the Environment Bill, to help support the Nature Recovery Network and better direct investment in the environment and green infrastructure – creating places that are richer in wildlife and provide wider benefits for local communities.

    I am also pleased to tell you that the Government also listened to concerns of the Wildlife Trusts and are taking action. The Bill will require the preparation and publication of Local Nature Recovery Strategies, mapping nature-rich habitats, so that investment can be targeted where it will make the most difference. The Government will provide data, guidance, and support, but these local plans will embrace local knowledge to strengthen links between neighbouring communities and support the wider Network. 

    I am encouraged that action is being taken to protect wildlife sites and to restore and create wildlife-rich habitats, and that investment is being made to aid species recovery.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon