Response for Nature Reports

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In 2015, 26 organisations published a report calling for an ambitious long-term plan to save nature. It followed the 2013 State of Nature report, the first ever comprehensive stock-take of Britain’s native species. It revealed that 60% of the species studied had declined over recent decades. One in ten species were at threat of disappearing altogether.

The Response for Nature reports, each setting out a vision for restoring nature in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, make key recommendations to which governments must respond, to help restore nature in the UK.

The reports call on central and devolved governments to deliver an inspiring vision for nature, establish a network of special places for nature to help threatened species recover, and improve the connection of young people to nature for their own health and well-being, and for the nature’s future.

The reports suggested actions to be included in the Government’s 25 year plan for the environment.  They also included the recommendation that the Government should set a five-year milestone to help regular monitoring and ensure it is aligned with the commitments within the 25- year plan.

Some recommendations within the report were:

  • Supporting the introduction of a low-carbon infrastructure plan
  • The implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive which would protect key habitats and species,
  • Ensuring local authorities have access to ecological experts and
  • Including learning to care for the natural environment in the national curriculum.

David Bullock, Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust and co-author of the Response for Nature report, says: “We have to do more than simply halt nature’s decline. We need to reverse it once and for all”.

“That can only happen if we are able to connect nature with people. If people understand why nature matters, they’re going to care. And if they care about nature, they’re more likely to act to protect it.”