Coalition government urged to have higher ambition for nature

Thursday 12th May 2011

As the new coalition government publishes its agreements, The Wildlife Trusts call on it to raise its game in policies on the natural environment and commit to a White Paper on Nature.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, The Wildlife Trusts’ chief executive, said: “We hope this coalition government will deliver on the cross-party consensus that built up before the election.

“There has been a growing recognition that our natural environment provides vital life-supporting services as well as inspiring us. We need to take a long hard look at the way we make decisions about our land and ensure that the natural environment is restored. A White Paper would identify the policy changes needed to restore our natural environment and ecosystems.

“The three main parties recognised this in their manifestos. In a letter to The Wildlife Trusts during the election campaign, our new Prime Minister, David Cameron, recognised the importance of conserving our natural world for future generations. He said it was important to ‘make a clear pledge that a Conservative Government would produce a White Paper on protecting the natural environment, including a focus on restoring habitat.’

“We urge the new Government to seize this historic moment, and take forward this White Paper commitment.”

Before the election, The Wildlife Trusts wrote to the Leaders of the three main parties urging them to commit to introducing a White Paper on Nature and also to ensuring the designation of an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas by 2012. These letters and the replies from the Party Leaders can read at

Individual Wildlife Trusts around the country also asked their candidates about these issues.

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