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Welcome EAC report warns much more action is needed on nature loss

30 June 2021

In response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Report, Dr Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said:

“Our Government has ambitions to be top of the pack in delivering for nature, but we’re starting from the bottom of the G7 league table. There’s a long ladder to climb from being one of the most nature-depleted countries to being a wildlife world leader.

“Today’s report is right to represent this year as a critical turning point. Decisions in the Environment Bill and the Spending Review will determine whether nature continues to decline, or whether the UK can lead the world along a new path toward environment recovery. The Environment Bill must set an unambiguous target to halt nature’s decline by 2030 – a genuine “net zero for nature” – backed by serious and sustained investment in delivery in the Spending Review.”

“The Committee is also right to focus on habitats. The Government’s commitment to protect 30% of the land and sea will only be effective when designated areas have meaningful management, and the promising biodiversity net gain policy must protect new habitat for the long-term, not just for 30 years”


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