The Nature of Change: Martin Brasher

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The England Biodiversity Strategy
Martin Brasher, Head of Defra's Wildlife, Habitats and Biodiversity Division

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The Nature of Change: Martin Brasher

  1. 1. The Natural Environment: Protecting our Biodiversity
  2. 2. ‘ Everybody wants biodiversity, but nobody is prepared to do anything about it’.
  3. 3. Three main elements: - A New CBD Strategic Plan (20 targets) - A Resource Mobilisation Package to support implementation - Historic agreement on a protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing Nagoya
  4. 4. Sir John Lawton’s Panel 24 recommendations ‘ More, Bigger, Better, Joined’
  5. 5. Nagoya Lawton European Biodiversity Strategy National Ecosystem Assessment Natural Environment White Paper/Think BIG England Biodiversity Strategy Recent Events/Publications
  6. 6. NEWP – main themes: <ul><li>Protecting and Improving the Natural Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Growing a green economy </li></ul><ul><li>Reconnecting people and nature </li></ul><ul><li>International and EU leadership </li></ul>
  7. 7. NEWP – Biodiversity elements: <ul><li>Endorsed Lawton </li></ul><ul><li>Nature Improvement Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Offsets </li></ul><ul><li>Quantifiable targets </li></ul><ul><li>International Climate Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Darwin </li></ul>
  8. 8. Funding: <ul><li>£10m of new money for NIAs, etc </li></ul><ul><li>£92m over four years to clean up rivers </li></ul><ul><li>£25m for Darwin </li></ul><ul><li>Agri-environment schemes, Catchment Sensitive Farming, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>2010 a turning point </li></ul><ul><li>Budgets have held up </li></ul><ul><li>92 commitments in NEWP – cross-Departmental </li></ul><ul><li>Cause for optimism </li></ul><ul><li>Martin,brasher@defra.gsi.gov.uk </li></ul>Conclusion

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