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Amendment to Environment Bill would halt decline of wildlife by 2030

The amendment tabled last week would set a legal target for Government to meet, and replaces previous weaker language.

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Wildlife and Countryside Link, an observer of the Sustain alliance, welcomes this stronger language in the amendment after their State of Nature campaign which saw over 208,000 people write to MPs about why we need "a net zero for nature" in law.

The new language in the amendment to the Environment Bill would set a legal target to halt the decline in the abundance of wildlife by 2030, whereas previous language would have allowed a weak target to be met far too slowly to achieve the urgently needed nature recovery. Targets, whilst not enough, are important legal tools for setting a strategy to achieve outcomes and for holding Government to account.

Published 31 Aug 2021

Climate change and nature: Sustain has taken a keen interest in the rapidly accumulating evidence about the effect of food and farming on climate change and nature, as scientific evidence emerges that our food system is a very significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss.

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