Local Nature Partnership For West Of England

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 14:04 GMT Jump to Comments

The government has awarded the West of England £25,000 to work towards becoming a Local Nature Partnership (LNP) in 2012.

The successful bid was submitted by a consortium of key stakeholders and partners, including: the four West of England councils; Natural England; the Forestry Commission; the Environment Agency and Avon Wildlife Trust. It is one of a limited number of approved awards nationally, placing the West of England at the forefront of the LNP initiative.

Our high quality and diverse natural environment is an important asset, which if properly looked after and restored will be of great benefit for people, wildlife, landscapes and the local economy. Working across local authority boundaries the LNP will take a strategic overview and encourage decision makers to think about the multiple benefits and services provided by a healthy natural environment. By pooling knowledge and expertise the partnership will drive positive change in the local natural environment, by helping individual groups and organisations to work together in the delivery of improvements on the ground. The LNP will forge stronger links between the natural environment and the local economy, complementing the Local Enterprise Partnership by helping to contribute to a Green Economy.

The money does not guarantee LNP status but will help bring together a diverse range of individuals and organisations. This in turn will lead to the development of a shared vision and a business plan which will be important in ensuring the new partnership is successful.

Natural ecosystems pay no attention to council boundaries. Key features of the natural environment in this area, such as the Avon and Frome river catchments, extend outside the West of England boundary. The developing West of England LNP will therefore work closely with LNPs of adjacent areas to agree the most appropriate boundary and develop important links to assist in cross-boundary work.

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