Bishop of St Albans asks about biodiversity in Hertfordhire

The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answer on 20th February 2023:

The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support biodiversity in Hertfordshire.

Lord Benyon (Con): In England we have set four legally binding targets for biodiversity:

– By 2030: to halt the decline in species abundance

– By 2042: to reverse declines; to reduce the risk of species extinction; and to restore or create more than 500,000 hectares of wildlife-rich habitat.

These targets will drive actions to support biodiversity in Hertfordshire and every other county across England. We have set out our plan to deliver on these ambitious targets, along with our other environmental targets, in the Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP23) published on 31 January 2023. The EIP23 revises the 25-Year Environment Plan, which set out our vision for a quarter-of-a-century of action to help the natural world regain and retain good health. For local authorities in Hertfordshire, Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) will also identify the most valuable areas for nature and opportunities for them to be developed or expanded. LNRS are being designed to work with a range of policies and delivery mechanisms so that we able to meet our nature recovery objectives in the most efficient and effective way.


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