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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.

It currently includes our year series which focuses on what our members consider to be the priorities for the environment over the next 25 years.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Sarah Bernard


World Water Day and the Working Wetlands Survey

Published on: 22 March 2017

Today, on World Water Day, the UN aims to focus the world’s political attention on a huge injustice. There are 663 million people around the world without a safe water supply close to home. Tackling inequality on such a vast scale will need concerted political action. Environmental NGOs can play a part by demonstrating the role restoring nature can plan in providing clean water.

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MPs unite on behalf of threatened species

Published on: 13 March 2017

On 22 March 2017 MPs will join forces with wildlife groups, in Westminster, to champion the protection of threatened species at this crucial time in politics. The event marks the first anniversary of the ‘Species Champions’ initiative, with 41 MPs from across the political spectrum working with 9 partner NGOs in England. The most actively-involved MPs will receive awards from TV presenter Steve Backshall, recognising their efforts for nature conservation in Parliament and out in the field.

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Land is not a disposable asset

Published on: 9 March 2017

Land is a vital resource – all our activity is literally built on it. We depend on it for the food we eat, the water we drink, the energy we make, to build our houses, offices and roads, and our recreation - for mental and physical refreshment. Yet we seem to take it for granted.

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World Wildlife Day – An Opportunity to Save Elephants

Published on: 3 March 2017

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to remember the elephants who are dying around the world for their tusks, and to push for a domestic ivory ban that will help end the slaughter and send a clear message to other countries. We can no longer allow the trade in ivory to continue if we want to save this iconic species from potential extinction. But the devil will be in the detail, and this is where the hard work will be involved to reach a consensus that everyone can get behind.

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Getting the most for animals from Brexit

Published on: 27 February 2017

This week all the main animal welfare groups in the UK will come together to present their ideas on how we can move animal welfare forward under Brexit.

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Governments must combat illegal wildlife trade

Published on: 21 February 2017

Time is of the essence. Current international efforts remain insufficient. Many species exploited by the transnational illegal wildlife trade cannot afford to wait another 20 years before serious action is implemented on the ground.

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Pondering the next 25 years for nature as I turn 25

Published on: 13 February 2017

I turn 25 this year, providing timely impetus to consider how the UK’s environment may change over the next quarter-century and how we can ensure that change is for the better.

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Government must take bold and decisive action on UK ivory trade

Published on: 6 February 2017

Over the past decade, Africa’s elephants have been brutally slaughtered, in huge numbers, to supply ivory to seemingly insatiable illegal international markets.

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An opportunity to deliver healthy green communities

Published on: 3 February 2017

If the rumours are to be believed, the long awaited and much hyped ‘Housing White Paper’ will be published next week. Having been delayed since before Christmas, and subjected to a number of re-writes, it sounds as if the White Paper has been causing some significant headaches within Government.

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New housing should not be at the expense of wildlife

Published on: 31 January 2017

Given the current housing crisis, a parliamentary bill to help identify and free up more land to build homes and provide upfront information to communities should be welcomed - but is it all good news?

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