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Local Nature Recovery Strategies

The Local Nature Recovery Strategy Group is a new Link group seeking to reverse the decline of nature in England. Local Nature Recovery Strategies will be rolled out across England in 2022. We are working to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the five 2022/21 pilots set up to test the process, with the aim of ensuring that the final guidelines and regulations will enable local authorities to develop successful strategies.

Link: Bruce Winney, Policy Officer

Update from the group:

We have had a number of conversations with individuals involved in the five LNRS pilots (Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Northumberland) to understand their contrasting experiences. This has allowed us to focus on a number of areas of concern that will form a framework for examining the outputs from the pilots and subsequent advocacy work to influence the final guidelines.

We also ran a seminar at the end of April 2021 for Link members to allow our members to get an understanding of the LNRS process, the pilots and to solicit questions and contributions. Speakers were from DEFRA, Natural England, the Cumbria pilot and Link.

The pilots submitted their reports (a statement of biodiversity priorities and a habitat map) at the end of May 2021. We had access to all of them and prepared a more detailed briefing, which will complement Defra's recently published 'lessons learned'. We have shared this with bot Natural England and Defra and it is aiding our response to the LNRS consultation, which is open until November.

With the upcoming comprehensive spending review in mind, we have done some initial modelling to estimate the resources that will be required for a successful rollout of LNRSs. This includes both direct and indirect costs, along with running costs over a five year period. This is a 'live' document that will be updated as further information becomes available.

For further information, contact Bruce Winney, Link’s Policy Officer.

Last updated: 30th September 2021