Multi-million pound nature recovery strategy to be drawn up for Warwickshire - The Stratford Observer

Multi-million pound nature recovery strategy to be drawn up for Warwickshire

A MULTI-million pound nature recovery strategy is being drawn up for Warwickshire.

And residents, businesses and community groups are all being called on to have an impact on what the Local Nature Recovery Strategy will look like.

The Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership – a partnership of local organisations with the purpose of driving positive change for the natural environment – have joined forces with Warwickshire County Council to help prepare the LNRS.

The key strategy is being made possible thanks to £14million of government funding and will outline a roadmap for restoring and improving Warwickshire’s natural environment ensuring that it is sustainable now and for future generations.

A survey is now live in which all the county’s stakeholders – from businesses to schools – will be asked to give their overall thoughts on natural environments and biodiversity, to think about their local area and which areas of the recovery of our natural world they think should be prioritised.

The survey is available at

WCC’s environment spokesperson Coun Heather Timms said: “Warwickshire’s natural world is facing grave challenges. We have seen year-on-year declines in wildlife populations and habitats, and this strategy will be crucial in reversing those trends. But we can’t do this alone. We need everyone to get involved and share their ideas for a healthier, more vibrant natural environment.”

England is widely considered to be one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world following historic and ongoing declines. Government has made legally-binding commitments to end these declines and for nature to recover.

This is important for nature’s own sake and for all the things that we rely on nature for, like clean water and food production. For nature to recover, targeted, co-ordinated and collaborative action will be required.

To further drive the recovery of nature in the UK, Local Nature Recovery Strategies are a government policy that was included in the Environment Act (2021).

As a part of this policy, government selected 48 responsible authorities across the UK to manage these in their local area with support from the districts and boroughs. WCC is the responsible authority for Warwickshire LNRS and will receive a share of a £14million funding pot, enabling it to work with local communities to develop a tailored nature recovery strategy for the county.

The public engagement campaign will run until August 3.

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