Last edited 12 Feb 2016

Natural environment white paper

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[edit] Introduction

The Natural Environment White PaperThe Natural Choice: securing the value of nature’ was published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in June 2011. It sets out a vision for the natural environment of England over the next 50 years. The white paper includes a programme of action which aims to improve the quality of the natural environment, halt species and habitat decline, and strengthen the connection between people and nature.

[edit] Ambitions

The four ambitions outlined within the white paper, intended to ‘mainstream’ the value of nature across society are:

  • Protecting and improving the natural environment.
  • Growing a greener economy.
  • Reconnecting people and nature.
  • International and European Union (EU) leadership.

Within the four ambitions there are 92 specific commitments.

[edit] Key measures

The key measures that the paper outlines include:

[edit] Progress

Since the paper was published in 2011, Defra has published periodic implementation updates outlining progress. It lists the status of each of the 92 commitments. In 2014, indicators (England Natural Environment Indicators) were published to help track the progress of the broad ambitions.

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