Natural Choices. Greening the Gateway Kent & Medway 11 June 2011. What’s the moon got to do with it ?. 2011. Making Space for Nature – Lawton Review 2010.
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Greening the Gateway Kent & Medway
11 June 2011
Making Space for Nature included 24 wide-ranging recommendations. Five themes unite them:
(i) We need to continue the recent progress in improving the management and condition of wildlife sites, particularly our SSSIs. We also make recommendations for how these should be designated and managed in ways that enhance their resilience to climate change.
(ii) We need to properly plan ecological networks, including restoration areas. Restoration needs to take place throughout England. However, in some areas, both the scale of what can be delivered to enhance the network, and the ensuing benefits for wildlife and people, will be very high. These large areas should be formally recognised as Ecological Restoration Zones (ERZs).
(iii) There are a large number of surviving patches of important wildlife habitat scattered across England outside of SSSIs, for example in Local Wildlife Sites. We need to take steps to improve the protection and management of these remaining wildlife habitats. ‘Protection’ will usually be best achieved through incentive-based mechanisms, but at times may require designation.
(iv) We need to become better at deriving multiple benefits from the ways we use and interact with our environment. There are many things that society has to do that may seem to have rather little to do with nature conservation, but could have, or even should have if we embrace more radical thinking; flood management by creating wetlands is an obvious example. We need to exploit these ‘win-win’ opportunities to the full. Being better at valuing a wider range of ecosystem services would help this process.
(v) We will not achieve a step-change in nature conservation in England without society accepting it to be necessary, desirable, and achievable. This will require strong leadership from government and significant improvements in collaboration between local authorities, local communities, statutory agencies, the voluntary and private sectors, farmers, landowners and other land-managers and individual citizens
The Natural Environment White Paper sets out how together we can start to tackle the challenges ahead, for example, by:
Giving local people more involvement in the natural environment and helping them to realise the benefits.
Helping to develop a thriving green economy, developing payments for ecosystem services and addressing barriers to using green infrastructure to promote sustainable growth.
Helping to deliver the Government’s ambitions for resilient ecological networks, biodiversity recovery, sustainable agriculture, healthy woods and forests, an improved water environment and a better protected marine environment.
Taking action to address the risks and consequences of climate change and other pressures.
Delivering conservation at the landscape scale, including through Nature Improvement Areas.
Further improving how we monitor progress and provide access to environmental information.
Forestry Commission England