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Government Dasgupta response "on message" but not yet "on the money"

14 June 2021

Responding to the Government's 'nature-positive' response to the Dasgupta review, Dr Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said: “The Government is "on message" but not yet "on the money" in its response to the Dasgupta Review. Some positive policies do not add up to a response capable of halting the rapid rise in our ecological debt, and at some point we will feel the crunch.

“The requirement for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects to deliver a net gain for nature is good, but big gaps will remain unless the policy covers all major infrastructure projects. Considering including nature in the National Investment Bank is positive, but this should be confirmed before the Bank is established.

“Overall, the Treasury needs much more fundamental reform to put nature at the heart of economic decisions. If the Government is to ‘reset humanity’s balance with nature’ we need a firm legal deadline to end nature’s decline, not the hazy hope of recovery in the Government’s species abundance target. We also need detailed plans for the extensive funding, delivery and enforcement needed to achieve promises to protect 30% of the UK’s land and seas by 2030.”

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