24 June 2016
Dr Elaine King, Director of Wildlife and Countryside Link, responds to the EU Referendum result:
'Following the EU Referendum result, we now need to ensure the environment is at the heart of policy and decision making so that, as a nation, we can defend nature for future generations. The protection afforded by legislation like the EU Habitats and Birds Directives - which have been the foundation of nature across Europe for over 30 years – will need to continue, with new measures urgently put in place to safeguard our environment.’
‘Link will continue to work with our member organisations to secure positive outcomes for the natural environment. In recent weeks our members have been outlining their views of what the Government must focus on in its proposed 25 Year plans for the environment and for food and farming. Ministers must now listen to and act on measures called for by the joint voice of the environment sector’.
Notes to editors
1. Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) is a coalition which brings together 45 voluntary organisations concerned with the conservation and protection of wildlife and the countryside. Our members practise and advocate environmentally sensitive land management, and encourage respect for and enjoyment of natural landscapes and features, the historic and marine environment and biodiversity. Taken together our members have the support of over 8 million people in the UK and manage over 750,000 hectares of land.