Government called on to deliver ambitious vision for nature

An inspirational long-term plan is urgently needed to save nature and improve our well-being. That is the clear message from the Response for Nature report published today by a coalition of leading conservation organisations including The Wildlife Trusts.

We are losing nature at an alarming rate, so we must act now to halt and reverse this decline before it’s too late – not only for nature itself, but people too.

The Response for Nature reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland follow up the 2013 State of Nature report. Each report makes key recommendations that governments must make to help restore nature in the UK.

In 2013, scientists from 25 nature organisations worked side-by-side to compile a stock take of our native species – the first of its kind for the UK. The resulting State of Nature report revealed that 60% of the species studied had declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed were under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether. 

The report for England was launched by naturalist, writer and TV presenter, Steve Backshall, who said: “The State of Nature report revealed where we are. Now we need a plan for where we should go. The Response for Nature document starts us on that long road.

“Let us be in no doubt that the public is behind us. An independent survey showed that 90 per cent of the UK population feel that our well-being and quality is based on nature.

“Action can’t be simply hived off to a single, hard-pressed department in Whitehall. It must run as a matter of course through every department, from Defra to the Treasury. Every department needs to understand that restoring nature will be a key solution to some of our most pressing social, environmental and economic problems. Every individual, from top to bottom, needs to embrace it, and act on it.

“To the Government, I say – please read this report, take note and act on its recommendations. Come back with the details of your 25-year plan. People and nature need you to make it a great one.” 

The Response for Nature reports outline specific asks for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to help save UK nature. To ensure its recovery, nature needs the UK Government, or devolved Government’s, to take the following common actions now:

Download a full copy of the report here

Photograph: c. Tom Marshall

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