Researchers from the Rural Economy and Land Use Program (Relu) suggest that collaborative action among land stakeholders is vital – and the way to achieve this is to create a written charter to create a framework for action. convenient.

The consultation – “an invitation to shape England’s nature” – is a central part of the process of the government’s plans to publish a white paper on how best to manage England’s natural environment by spring 2011. Reread says that a charter “could support a larger Societal Approach and allow for more integrated management of England’s natural resources.”

“Research conducted by interdisciplinary teams within the program shows how effective collaboration between landowners and other stakeholders can be in making the most of these vital assets, promoting an integrated approach. A written charter would clarify the framework we need to support this, ”said Relu program director Professor Philip Lowe.

“The land in the UK and the natural resources it supports – food production, biodiversity, clean water, carbon storage – are increasingly under pressure, but are increasingly important to ensuring our very survival at home. era of climate change, ”he added. .

The charter would seek to bring about a “significant change of mentality” by defining new expectations of the public sector, the private sector and the civil society in relation to the natural environment.

It would clearly describe the rights and responsibilities of land managers and establish how these could be implemented. The researchers suggest that this could be achieved through a combination of the market, voluntary self-regulation and action, state regulation, and public incentives.

Above all, it would encourage an integrated approach to ensure that political decisions are only taken after considering all options.

However, some environmentalists believe more action is needed. “While a written charter is a useful prerequisite for a dynamic and prosperous natural environment, [we] firmly believe that we need a combination of words, decisions and actions, ”said Dr Hilary Allison, Director of Policy at The Woodland Trust.

“Our seven prerequisites for achieving informed decision-making about the natural environment are: clear vision, political leadership, government-led ecosystem strategy, smart environmental goals, localism with strong green credentials, environmentally responsible planning and action through shared responsibility, ‘she continued.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said: “We would like to thank the Rural Economy and Land Use Program for responding to our document. discussion of the white paper on the natural environment. We will review all the contributions we have received before releasing the White Paper in the spring. ‘

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