Nature 2030 – what can we do to turn political commitments into action?

Richard Benwell

January 31, 2024

Overview -

Our Annual Lecture 2024

We welcome back Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Chief Executive Richard Benwell to talk about Nature 2030. The legal deadline to halt nature’s decline will fall at the end of the next Parliament: 2030. Restoring wildlife in such a short time is a huge task. We’ve yet to see political commitments that match the urgency needed. So how can we rally together as environmentalists in the year ahead? And what should we be asking for?

Nature 2030

Ask our politicians to take action to stop the collapse of nature. Through the Nature 2030 campaign, conservation organisations are calling on all political parties to adopt five landmark policies for nature’s recovery ahead of the next General Election.

Wild Oxfordshire is working collaboratively with a number of other organisations in Oxfordshire to amplify this campaign and encourage more people to sign up and ask their local politicians to commit to these policies. In 2024, we will be developing  some content for the Oxfordshire-specific part of the Nature2030 campaign, including referring to the Oxfordshire LNRS and LNP.

Wildlife and Countryside Link is the largest environment and wildlife coalition in England, bringing together 57 organisations 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.

Dr Richard Benwell is chief executive of Wildlife & Countryside Link. Previously he has been policy adviser to the Secretary of State at Defra, led policy and advocacy at WWT and RSPB, and served as a director of Westmill Solar Cooperative and a clerk in the House of Commons Commission.

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