Prime Minister Theresa May and Environment Secretary Michael Gove have outlined the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.
The strategy details how the government will achieve its long-term aims of restoring and safeguarding wildlife habitats, improving air and water quality, and curbing plastic waste.
Landscape Institute President Merrick Denton-Thompson, who was invited to attend the launch of the plan, said he was ‘thrilled to note the alignment of LI policy with the government’s agenda’.
"[The Prime Minister] laid the foundation for a cultural shift in society," he said, "in terms of both our individual behaviour, and in behaviour across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
"I cannot tell you how pleased we should be that so many of the points in our submission to Defra are in the final Plan."
Also in attendance were ministers, delegates from the Forestry Commission and Country Land and Business Association, and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee Dieter Helm.
Among the commitments in the 25 Year Environment Plan are:
Only some aspects of the Plan will apply to the UK as a whole. The Plan clarifies that in matters of devolved environmental policy, the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive will be responsible for implementing policies and programmes. The UK Government, however, ‘will work with the devolved administrations as we leave the EU to uphold environmental standards and go further to protect our shared natural heritage … [and] continue to work … on areas where common frameworks will need to be retained in the future’.
Merrick Denton-Thompson continued: "This plan signs the government up, corporately, to direct action, driving the transformation of the environment through a mixture of regulation and incentives. In her speech, the Prime Minister made special mention of landscape.
"I believe that landscape professionals – our members – really are the people with the skills and knowledge to take the lead on delivering the ambitions the government has set out."
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