<ul><li>The Natural Choice: </li></ul><ul><li>securing the value of nature </li></ul>NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHITE PAPER
Overview   <ul><li>A healthy, properly functioning natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, pro...
Protecting and improving our natural environment <ul><li>The National Ecosystem Assessment shows that over 30% of our ecos...
Re-connecting people and nature <ul><li>High-quality natural environments foster healthy neighbourhoods; green spaces enco...
Growing a green economy <ul><li>Sustainable economic growth relies on services provided by the natural environment, often ...
Showing leadership internationally and in the EU <ul><li>To advance the approach and principles set out in this white pape...
Measuring success <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>We will:  </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a set of key indicators by spring 2012 t...
Local Nature Partnerships <ul><li>We will encourage and support Local Nature Partnerships where local areas wish to establ...
National Character Areas <ul><li>We will work with civil society to update and improve the consistency of the national lan...
National Character Areas
National Character Areas
National Character Areas
National Character Areas
Local Engagement in landscape Planning <ul><li>We will work with local communities in a number of areas throughout England...
Green Infrastructure Partnership <ul><li>The Government will establish a Green Infrastructure Partnership to support the d...
Green Spaces <ul><li>We will consult later this year on proposals for a new Green Areas Designation that will give local p...
Integrated Advice <ul><li>The Government’s environmental agencies are reforming the way they work together, to provide mor...
Summary <ul><li>Landscape scale approach </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing ecological networks  </li></ul><ul><li>People, wildlife...
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The Natural Choice: Securing the value of nature

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Natural Choice: </li></ul><ul><li>securing the value of nature </li></ul>NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHITE PAPER
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>A healthy, properly functioning natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>This is why we must properly value the economic and social benefits of a healthy natural environment – as well as nature’s intrinsic value. </li></ul><ul><li>This requires us all to put the value of nature at the heart of our decision-making by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating action to protect and improve nature ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a green economy , in which economic growth and the health of our natural resources sustain each other; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening the connections between people and nature to benefit both. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showing leadership in the European Union and internationally, to protect and enhance natural assets globally. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Protecting and improving our natural environment <ul><li>The National Ecosystem Assessment shows that over 30% of our ecosystem services are in decline. The Lawton report, Making Space for Nature , found that nature in England is highly fragmented and unable to respond effectively to new pressures, such as climate and demographic change </li></ul><ul><li>The White Paper sets out a new institutional framework responding to both the NEA and the Lawton Review: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) to enable local leadership and operate across administrative boundaries.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) to enhance and reconnect nature on a significant scale, supported by £7.5 million. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protection and improvement of the natural environment as core objectives of the planning system . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A new voluntary approach to biodiversity offsets , tested in a number of pilot areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More integrated action across our terrestrial and marine environments. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Re-connecting people and nature <ul><li>High-quality natural environments foster healthy neighbourhoods; green spaces encourage social activity and reduce crime. Contact with nature can support children’s learning. </li></ul><ul><li>The White Paper sets out action in the health and education systems and in our communities:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Health England will publish practical evidence about improving health through access to a good natural environment; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove barriers to learning outdoors and increase schools’ abilities to teach outdoors when they wish to do so; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A new local Green Area Designation to allow people to protect the green areas that are important to them; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Green Infrastructure Partnership with civil society to support the development of green infrastructure; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A new phase of the MuckIn4Life campaign, offering volunteering opportunities to improve quality of life . </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Growing a green economy <ul><li>Sustainable economic growth relies on services provided by the natural environment, often referred to as “ecosystem services”. </li></ul><ul><li>However, these services are not properly valued in the prices customers pay, the operations of markets, or the accounts of Government or business. </li></ul><ul><li>Action we are taking to address this includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Including natural capital within the UK Environmental Accounts ; </li></ul><ul><li>An independent Natural Capital Committee to advise the Government on the state of natural capital in England; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Action to expand markets and schemes in which payments are made by the beneficiary of a natural service to the provider of that service; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A business-led Ecosystem Markets Task Force to review opportunities from expanding the market for green goods and services; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New guidance for businesses on how to measure and report corporate environmental impacts. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Showing leadership internationally and in the EU <ul><li>To advance the approach and principles set out in this white paper internationally and within the EU: </li></ul><ul><li>Press for effective implementation of the 2010 Nagoya agreement ; </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication at the UN Conference on SD in 2012 . </li></ul><ul><li>Green the Common Agricultural and Common Fisheries Policies to improve environmental benefits, while achieving our other policy goals; </li></ul><ul><li>A new EU biodiversity strategy , to put into effect what was agreed at Nagoya ; </li></ul><ul><li>An EU2020 Strategy that achieves low-carbon, resource-efficient growth ; and </li></ul><ul><li>An EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Measuring success <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>We will: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a set of key indicators by spring 2012 to track progress on the White Paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Publish periodically a single, concise and integrated report about the state of the English environment. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Local Nature Partnerships <ul><li>We will encourage and support Local Nature Partnerships where local areas wish to establish them. These partnerships will work at a strategic scale to improve the range of benefits and services we get from a healthy natural environment. They will aim to improve the multiple benefits we receive from good management of the land. </li></ul><ul><li>The Government wants to provide support to both new and existing partnerships wishing to adopt an integrated, landscape scale approach. We will provide a one-off fund in 2011/12 worth £1 million, to establish Local Nature Partnerships. </li></ul>
  9. 9. National Character Areas <ul><li>We will work with civil society to update and improve the consistency of the national landscape character area profiles and integrate information on the ecosystem goods and services that they provide. Each profile will identify the environmental potential of landscape areas, to inform national policies such as agri-environment schemes and help local communities and planners to make informed decisions about land use. </li></ul>
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  14. 14. Local Engagement in landscape Planning <ul><li>We will work with local communities in a number of areas throughout England to support local engagement in landscape planning. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Green Infrastructure Partnership <ul><li>The Government will establish a Green Infrastructure Partnership to support the development of green infrastructure in England. This will consider how green infrastructure can be enhanced to strengthen ecological networks and improve communities’ health, quality of life and resilience to climate change. </li></ul><ul><li>We will work with Local Authorities through the Total Environment initiative to identify and address barriers to using green infrastructure to promote sustainable growth, and share the lessons learned. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Green Spaces <ul><li>We will consult later this year on proposals for a new Green Areas Designation that will give local people an opportunity to protect important green spaces within their communities and aim to introduce the Designation by April 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>We will continue to support the Green Flag scheme in creating more opportunities for wildlife to flourish in our green spaces, contributing to local biodiversity and enriching the experience of people spending time there. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Integrated Advice <ul><li>The Government’s environmental agencies are reforming the way they work together, to provide more coherent advice to local partners. This means sharing information to help practitioners prioritise action based on environmental risks and opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>We will carry out a full review of how we use advice and incentives for farmers and land managers, to create a more streamlined and efficient approach that is clearer for farmers and land managers and yields better environmental results. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Summary <ul><li>Landscape scale approach </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing ecological networks </li></ul><ul><li>People, wildlife, growth & international leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Local Nature Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>National Character Areas & local engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Green Infrastructure Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Local Green Space Designation </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Advice </li></ul>

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