08 - NAAONB Conference 2012 - Gary Smith, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority


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Gary Smith, Director of Conservation and Community, Yorkshire Dales NPA delivered a presentation outlining the background to the NUC LNP and the rationale behind developing an LNP across 2 AONBs and 2 National Parks, including the LNP's development as a direct response to Lawton.

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08 - NAAONB Conference 2012 - Gary Smith, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

  1. 1. Gary SmithYorkshire Dales National Park Authority
  2. 2. Northern Upland ChainLocal Nature Partnership Gary Smith Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
  3. 3. Local Nature Partnerships• From the Natural Environment White Paper summer 2011• High level strategic nature / biodiversity partnerships• Strengthen joined-up action across agencies and organisations• Promote new/bigger thinking at landscape scale, on natural boundaries• Leading to improved nature conservation and enhanced eco- system services
  4. 4. Local Nature Partnerships• 50(ish) such partnerships expected nationally• Replaces partnerships on BAPs, Local Sites, etc• With broader representation• Not an organisation - a coming together of existing bodies• No powers or regulatory functions
  5. 5. A northern upland chain LNP?
  6. 6. The ‘NorthernUpland Chain’
  7. 7. Coherentcharacter
  8. 8. Common set of habitats
  9. 9. Common set of species
  10. 10. Peat in the Northern Uplands • Upland soils are the largest carbon store in England. • 300 mt stored in English peatlands, mostly in the uplands. • Peat bogs sequester (soak up) atmospheric carbon dioxide in perpetuity, when in good condition. • Many are in poor condition and are currently emitting carbon. From Mapping values: the Vital nature of our Uplands 2010
  11. 11. Shared land management issues
  12. 12. Similar economic circumstances
  13. 13. Our expression of Lawton • Conserve • Enhance • Expand • Connect • ‘Collaboration by design, not by accident’
  14. 14. Engagement
  15. 15. Joint funding bids
  16. 16. Project collaborationIdentifyinghabitatnetworks andopportunities Creating new habitat networks
  17. 17. Expand successful projects
  18. 18. Coordinating surveys and monitoring
  19. 19. Piloting new approaches?‘Off-setting’ High Nature Value Farming
  20. 20. Sharing data
  21. 21. Next steps• Decision from Defra• Confirm secretariat and budget• Confirm Board• Board meeting to plan first year of operation.
  22. 22. A recipe for a successful LNP?• Ecological coherence’ - a strong driver for collaboration and engagement across boundaries • A core of doer organisations through which strategic objectives will be delivered • Time and energy to make the collaboration work – so there has to be “something in it” for everybody.