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25 Year Plan for Nature

The Group’s focus is to engage with the Government and other interested parties to effectively deliver the Government's 25 year plan for the environment.

Co-Chair: Matt Williams, National Trust
Co-Chair: Karen Ellis, WWF-UK
Head of Policy and Campaigns: Dan Pescod, Link

Update from the Group:

Link’s 25 Year Plan group continues to lead the sector’s joint action to ensure that the 25 Year Environment Plan’s ambition is realised.

In September, several Link members attended a Defra meeting on a draft set of “indicators” for the Plan. These will be a set of measurements to show how the environment in England and the UK overseas territories is faring. We asked questions and made comments, and subsequently provided detailed comments for Defra in writing.

After attending a Defra workshop on the reintroduction and translocation of species, Link submitted a response to Defra draft guidelines for a reintroductions and translocations code, as identified in the 25 Year Plan.

In October, the group also met Defra officials to discuss “conservation covenants” – another aspect of the 25 Year Environment Plan and a legal mechanism which could - if devised carefully - help to provide significantly greater protection for nature.

In November members of the Group, along with members of Link’s Land Use Planning Group, met Defra officials to discuss the issue of “net biodiversity gain”, ahead of an imminent consultation on this important matter. (See the ‘Land Use Planning” section for more).

Link’s 25 Year Plan group is also developing positions on a range of issues encompassed by the Plan, including the review of national parks and AONBs, the concept of “net environmental gain” and nature recovery networks.

For further information, contact Dan Pescod, Link’s Head of Policy and Campaigns.

Last updated: 30 November 2018

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