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Local strategies, national ambitions: how Local Nature Recovery Strategies are helping us achieve our national environmental targets

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Bird on soil

In this blog, Julian Harlow, head of the Local Nature Recovery Strategies policy team in Defra, tells us how these local strategies are helping us to achieve our national environment targets.

Access to Nature, Conservation and The Green Recovery Challenge Fund

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Volunteers from the Health and Environment Action Lancashire cleaning a river

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund was an £80 million fund developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, designed to help nature recovery and conservation whilst creating and sustaining jobs. In this blog post, we'll delve into the incredible achievements this …

New actions to support seabirds, wildlife and Net Zero

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Photo of Atlantic puffin

Today, one year exactly since the publication of the Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP), we are taking further actions to halt and reverse the decline of nature in our country. Firstly, to protect an important forage fish for a range of …

The Environmental Improvement Plan: Our progress one year on

Photo of a water vole sitting on a branch above water

My name is Rob, and I work in the Environmental Strategy division at Defra. It’s a treat to be writing the first ‘proper’ post on our new blog. Part of my role involves tracking our activity against the environmental commitments …

Bringing more environment topics to the blog

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Photo of small skipper on viper’s bugloss

On 31 January, the one-year anniversary of the Environmental Improvement Plan, we will permanently expand this Land Use blog into an Environment blog. That means we’ll change from to The new Environment blog will showcase the breadth of …