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Response to Prime Minister’s Dudley Speech

30 June 2020

Wildlife and Countryside Link has responded to reports of the content of the speech the Prime Minister is expected to make later today in Dudley.

Richard Benwell, CEO at Wildlife and Countryside Link, said:

‘‘£40 million for conservation projects is a very welcome investment in nature, which should be set to work straight away in restoring habitats and protecting wildlife.

‘Of course, this will need to be multiplied a hundredfold each year to begin to restore our natural world, the chasm in investment in our low-carbon economy will need to be filled, and the benefits must not be undermined by letting new infrastructure development run roughshod over our countryside.

‘To succeed, the conservation rangers programme will need to be matched by investment in conservation projects and in the programme management and ecological skills needed in partner organisations to ensure that the rangers’ work contributes to a green recovery.

‘Next week, the Chancellor has a chance to make this a real green recovery, by investing in the low-carbon economy and realising its full potential to create jobs, and guaranteeing that all investments will be compatible with tackling the climate and ecological emergencies.’’


Notes to editors:

1. Wildlife and Countryside Link is the largest environment and wildlife coalition in England, bringing together 58 organisations to use their strong joint voice for the protection of nature. Our members campaign to conserve, enhance and access our landscapes, animals, plants, habitats, rivers and seas. Together we have the support of over eight million people in the UK and directly protect over 750,000 hectares of land and 800 miles of coastline.

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