Nature Improvement Areas are large, discrete areas that will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where a local partnership has a shared vision for their natural environment. The partnership will plan and deliver significant improvements for wildlife and people through the sustainable use of natural resources, connecting local sites and joining up local action.
Ecological restoration Zones
Different to LNPs
10,000 – 50,000 ha in size
12 initial NIAs in first tranche
NIAs funded for 3 years 2011-2014
Panel chaired by Prof. John Lawton
Some of the developing NIAs in the South East 100+ developing across England
Farmland bird targeting & delivery on the South Downs - The South Downs is a very important area for farmland birds, in particular lapwing, grey partridge and corn bunting, as well as skylark, yellowhammer and linnet, - Use new data on specific farmland bird habitat area requirements, overlain with current a-e scheme farmland bird prescription areas, to target squares lacking in key options, whilst avoiding those where thresholds already met. Combine the above with our good knowledge of species current distribution, - Use targeting to guide a significant Classic scheme early transfer programme, new HLS agreements, and refresh of existing HLS agreements where targeting suggests farmland bird options are missing, - Work closely with landowners and partners to take forward agreed work programme.
Enhance social interaction & promote independent living
Help promote & sustain increased physical activity
Help local authorities with pressing social, health & wellbeing issues
Evidence to support the case: Living in the greenest areas significantly reduces the health inequality gap between rich and poor. (Lancet, 2008) For every 10% increase in green space there can be a reduction in health complaints in communities equivalent to a reduction of 5 years of age. (Nature & Health, 2001)