Froglife would like to highlight the launch of the Wildlife and countryside Link (WCL) mini manifesto for People and Nature.
The recent announcement by Govt is a step in the right direction but the manifesto for People and Nature argues that if we are serious about making a difference for nature and for people’s ability to access the environment and improve their health and wellbeing the UK should have new legislation, an Access to Nature Bill that will:
- Set a new legally-binding access to nature target for all people to have access to a high quality green or blue space within a 15 minute walk of home.
- Extend public access rights to waterways, woodland, riversides, and grasslands.
- Create a more equal and inclusive freedom to enjoy land and water for other user groups, such as cyclists, horse riders, cavers, swimmers, paddlers, and disabled people.
- Remove the 2026 cut-off date for registering historic rights of way.
- Require the Government to publish a clear strategy for improving access to nature.
- Establish an Access to Nature Investment Strategy
- Mandate all new development meet the Green Infrastructure Standards. Ensure every child has regular high-quality access to and engagement with nature within education, through their curriculum and by supporting teachers and schools to deliver outdoor learning across all education settings.
The Froglife Strategy aims to: transform lives; engaging people from all walks of life; our projects are inclusive and have good representation from people of all backgrounds; we particularly focus on people who are new to conservation and from areas of multiple deprivation and Progress them on their wildlife journey
WCL is coordinating the Nature2030 campaign to ensure the Government meets its announcement in September 2020 to protect 30% of our land for biodiversity and “halt the decline in species abundance [in England] by 2030 /… and.. increase species abundance by at least 10% by 2042, while ensuring that abundance is greater than in 2022”. (Read more here)
Time is short, the recent State of Nature report highlighted that 19% of UK species studies have declined on average by 19% since 1970 and nearly 1 in 6 species are threatened with extinction from great Britain. Nature 2030 is also supported by the ‘Nature Cant Wait’ campaign
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