The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee express concern that, more than one year on from publication of the natural environment white paper, qThe Natural Choice: securing the value of natureq (Cm. 8082, ISBN 9780101808224), Defra has failed to set out clear plans to ensure that government decision-making fully values the services nature provides. All government policy should fully value natural capital. Government Ministers must also: publish an action plan with a timetable to deliver each of the White Paper's 92 commitments; give planners and developers guidance on how the National Planning Policy Framework can be used to protect Nature Improvement Areas; fully assess the benefits and costs of environmental regulation, to prevent a perception that environmental protection imposes a drag on the UK economy; publish the Government's response to advice from the Natural Capital Committee. The report also concludes that: biodiversity offsetting can deliver positive impacts on the natural environment; the target to end all peat use by 2030 shows a lamentable lack of ambition and a review of progress must be brought forward to 2014; Defra must set a target to increase public engagement with nature, since local authorities, NGOs and charities can only secure funding for environmental projects when they can demonstrate measurable success; the Department for Health and the Department for Education must define measurements which demonstrate how greater public engagement with nature delivers gains in public health and educational attainment; the entire coastal path around England should be in place within 10 years.I am afraid then your second question about prioritising within the National Ecosystem Assessment would be for Defra. ... It is a very clear essay question that they have been set; it is not at all an easy one to answer, but they have been givenanbsp;...
|Title||:||Natural Environment White Paper|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2012-07-01|