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Mapping our natural assets: the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment programme

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picture of Hartland Quay, sunny coastland with waves lapping into the quay

Sarah Adcock and David Jones, Senior Responsible Owners for Defra's Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment programme explain why building a picture of our natural assets and their benefits is the first, crucial step in protecting our environment.

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 …

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 defralanduse.blog.gov.uk to defraenvironment.blog.gov.uk. The new Environment blog will showcase the breadth of …

The Statutory Biodiversity Metric: what it means for biodiversity net gain and biodiversity measurement

This guest blog from Mike Burke, Natural England's Programme Director for Sustainable Development, talks through the development of the metric and what it means for BNG, alongside the implications for biodiversity measurement globally.