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

It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler.

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Will ivory burn fuel the fire for action?

Published on: 5 May 2016

The world’s largest ever ivory destruction took place on 30 April. Kenya burnt 105 tonnes of ivory, along with 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn, in Nairobi National Park. This was a strong symbolic gesture that Kenya will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade that is killing so many of its iconic animals.


Empower farmers to manage land and water sustainably

Published on: 4 May 2016

Agricultural productivity relies on good quality soil and on water. Farm management practices affect the quality of soil, the water cycle and consequently impact on the beautiful land we live in and the wildlife that depends on it. These important connections must be made by Defra’s 25 year plan for food and farming, which needs to focus on England’s agricultural productivity while ensuring sustainable soils or water.


The Nature of Politics

Published on: 27 April 2016

There have been many environmental plans over the years and targets galore. They come, they go and nobody knows. If the Government is to make good its manifesto commitment to a 25 year plan to restore nature, this plan needs to be different: it needs change the nature of politics by elevating the politics of nature.


We need an ambitious 25 year plan for food and farming

Published on: 20 April 2016

The government’s forthcoming 25 year plan for food and farming represents a great opportunity to look ahead and ask what we want from the future food system. The 25 year time-frame means looking beyond this government, or the next round of CAP reform, and considering how agriculture will adapt to dramatic changes – from new technology to climatic change.


Engaging people living with dementia, and their carers, with nature

Published on: 18 April 2016

As human beings we all need contact and connection with the outdoors, with fresh air and nature in all its various forms. A raft of evidence tells us what we intuitively know to be true: that activity and simply getting outdoors is good for us; and people with dementia are no different.


The 25 Year Plan for the environment has to succeed

Published on: 14 April 2016

Nature, with all of its infinite wonder, diversity and richness, underpins our society, economy, and human wellbeing. It’s at the heart of what makes life worth living. But our wildlife and ecosystems have been greatly diminished through human actions in the pursuit of other seemingly more important goals and ambitions.


Saving Water through WaterSocial

Published on: 13 April 2016


It’s time to tackle wildlife cybercrime

Published on: 18 March 2016

In recent years we have seen a shift in the use of social media platforms and online marketplaces which are being used to trade in endangered species, sometimes cutting out the middle man. This form of trading is often seen as low risk and difficult to detect and any new enforcement regulation from Defra needs to consider how we tackle cybercrime.


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