Information about the Natural Environment White Paper and Local Nature Partnerships (LNP), what they are and what happened at the development of an LNP for the Hull and East Riding area event.
The Natural Environment White Paper was published by the Government in June 2011. It is a bold and ambitious statement outlining the Government's vision for the natural environment over the next 50 years, backed up with practical action to deliver that ambition.
There are four key ambitions in the Natural Environment White Paper. These are;
Protecting and improving our natural environment - The Government will work to improve the quality of our natural environment and will aim to halt the decline in habitats and species, degradation of landscapes and erosion of natural capital. This will be achieved through more joined-up action at local and national level to create an ecological network resilient to changing pressures.
Growing a green economy - Protected natural areas can yield returns many times higher than the cost of their protection. There are multi-million pound opportunities available from greener goods and services, and from markets protecting nature's services. It is an ambition to create a green economy, in which economic growth and the health of our natural resources sustain each other, and markets, business and Government better reflect the value of nature.
Reconnecting people and nature - The Government recognises the huge benefits that we all get through contact with nature and how it helps our well-being through its positive impact on mental and physical health, improves education, encourages social activity and reduces crime. In return, voluntary activity can enrich the natural environment, as can well-informed choices by shoppers, householders and gardeners. The Government will work to reconnect people with our fantastic natural environment and ensure fairer access.
International and EU leadership - The Government will show environmental leadership internationally and within the EU, to protect and enhance natural assets globally, promoting environmentally and socially sustainable growth. They will advance internationally the approach and principles set out in the white paper.
Local Nature Partnerships (LNP) are a new initiative from the Government to create a step-change in how we work on the natural environment and are one of the key proposals made in the Natural Environment White Paper published in June 2011.
The Government's vision for LNPs is that they are self-sustaining strategic partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people. They will help their local area to manage the natural environment as a system and to embed its value in local decisions for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.
The overall purpose of an LNP will be to:
Drive positive change in the local natural environment, taking a strategic view of the challenges and opportunities involved and identifying ways to manage it as a system for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.
Contribute to achieving the Government's national environmental objectives locally, including the identification of local ecological networks, alongside addressing local priorities.
Become local champions influencing decision-making relating to the natural environment and its value to social and economic outcomes, in particular, through working closely with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Health and Wellbeing Boards.
Local Nature Partnerships (LNP) are a new initiative from the Government to change how we work on the natural environment and are one of the key proposals made in the Natural Environment White Paper published in June 2011.
From January to June 2012 capacity building work was undertaken to establish an LNP for the Hull and East Riding area. East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council are acting as lead partners for this project with strong support from a range of partners.
An application for formal LNP status was submitted to Government and in July 2012 the Hull and East Riding was successfully announced as one of the first 41 partnerships to be recognised. This means that the Government sees the Hull and East Riding LNP as having the potential to develop into a balanced, strategic and knowledgeable partnership that can add value to important decision making in the area.
The LNP will create a change in how we work on the natural environment in the local area. A strategic level partnership is needed to pull together the different strands of the natural environment. In particular this will support landscape-scale working to create a resilient ecological network across the Hull and East Riding area.
There already exists a range of partnerships and organisations working on the natural environment in the Hull and East Riding area. Whilst these work well at a local level and within their specific subject area, they have not been as successful at engaging with wider sectors and influencing decision-making related to the natural environment. They have also tended to work independently of each other without making the most of benefits to the natural environment from multi-themed projects.
The aim of the Hull and East Riding LNP is not to replace or duplicate the work of existing partnerships, but to add value by complementing their work and drawing them together to work to deliver integrated benefits from, and for, the natural environment.
Achieving formal status is just the beginning of the LNP and there is still work to develop the partnership further. A steering group established during the capacity building, and representing a range of sectors, will continue to meet to take a lead on managing the transition of the LNP to its formal structure and the establishment and recruitment of an LNP Board. Further work will be undertaken through the steering group to refine the shared environmental vision and priorities of the LNP.
You can download a copy of the Hull and East Riding LNP's application for formal status here:
Formal Application to Defra for the Hull and East Riding LNP (pdf 3.6mb opens in new window)
In March 2012 a development event was held at Bishop Burton College to bring together a wide range of sectors to introduce the development of an LNP for the Hull and East Riding area. This was done through a series of short presentations on the Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP), the benefits we get from the natural environment (ecosystem services) and capacity building project to set the context. These presentations were followed by workshop sessions to gather people's ideas and views on the development of an LNP.
You can download the presentations from the March LNP development event here:
Introduction from key note speaker Ian Carstairs, Carstairs Countryside Trust (pdf 35mb opens in new window)
Setting the Scene - Overview of the Natural Environment White Paper, Terry Smithson, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
The Benefits we get from Nature, Sue Plaxton, Natural England (pdf 414kb opens in new window)
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs), David Renwick, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (pdf 4mb opens in new window)
Summary of the LNP Development March Event (pdf 58kb opens in new window)
In May 2012 a second consultation event was held, at the Octagon Centre in Hull. This event was intended to provide partners and stakeholders with an update of the capacity building work, to refine the draft priorities for the LNP developed through consultation work to date, and to create a draft shared environmental vision for the LNP.
You can download a summary of the May LNP development event here:
Summary of the LNP Development May Event (pdf 52kb opens in new window)
You can download the presentation from the May LNP development event here:
Presentation from the LNP Development May Event (pdf 3.9mb opens in new window)
To find out more about 'valuing our environment' you can visit the following websites:
Defra's web page for the Natural Environment White Paper (external website)
Defra's web page for Local Nature Partnerships (external website)
If you are interested in being involved in the development of a Local Nature Partnership for the Hull and East Riding area then please contact:
Matthew Millington, Local Nature Partnership Development Officer Telephone: (01482) 391715 Email: email@example.com