The Prime Minister recently announced an Environment Bill to provide backing for their 25 year environmental Plan. We’ve heard some encouraging language from government ministers over the past year about policies to reverse nature’s decline, but as we said previously, “without this legal certainty, the promise of the [environmental] plan could easily evaporate over time”.
So it’s good news to hear the government now commit to setting out a legal framework to underpin their vision. At this stage they haven’t set out details of what the bill might include, or when it will come into effect. However this is a real opportunity to not just safeguard the EU protections that we know have slowed nature’s decline, but go a step further to set ourselves out as world leaders in conservation.
With ambitious, strong and well-enforced laws, we could reach a tipping point for wildlife and put it back on the path to recovery.
Key to this is a new Nature Recovery Network, which will put nature at the heart of our lives.