Nature and the Environment
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published this week makes for sober reading. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and to think that there is nothing that local communities can do to protect the environment and make a positive contribution to climate change, but quite the opposite is true! Indeed, parish and town councils have a legal duty under the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 to protect the environment and give regard to the impact of their decisions on biodiversity. Last year Northants CALC published "20 actions parish and town councils can take on the climate and nature emergency" which contains practical and manageable ideas that any size council can consider.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published a new landing page for local government on climate change and the environment. The page brings together key guidance and information for councils on topics related to climate change, net zero and the environment, from upcoming key dates to information on everything from adaptation and air quality to waste and recycling. Councils are encouraged to bookmark the page and check back regularly for updates in the run-up to COP26. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-government-climate-change-and-the-environment
On Tuesday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) opened a consultation on plans for new Local Nature Recovery Strategies in England. The Strategies will provide a new tool for local areas to agree priorities and map proposals for nature's recovery, as well as where nature-based solutions could help address wider environmental issues. The consultation launch follows successful Local Nature Recovery Strategies pilots in Cornwall, Buckinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Northumberland and Cumbria. See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-communities-urged-to-help-shape-the-natural-world-around-them for details. It is likely that the unitary councils will lead on the development of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy for Northamptonshire, but it will be vital for parish and town councils to be key partners.
Posted: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 21:11 by Becky Jones