Posted 11th January
Historic plans have been announced for the environment at London Wetland Centre
Today, Prime Minister Theresa May and Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the Government's 25-year plans for the environment at WWT's London Wetland Centre.
The announcement comes three months after WWT published Nature's Way, which outlined practical proposals for the government. This included setting long term targets for restoring the natural environment, planning for nature in urban areas, and harnessing the benefits of being in the being in the natural environment for improving human well-being.
The key recommendation is the Government should commit to a new Environmental Act which would see them being held responsible for the country's environmental performance.
The announcement was welcomed by WWT as a statement of intent, which lay out the groundwork for a greener UK. They also urged the Government to create a new Environment Act to give investors and environmentalists the certainty that the plan would be delivered.
WWT Chief Executive Martin Spray CBE said: "WWT’s London Wetland Centre has shown how much is possible with a long-term vision to restore nature. We’re absolutely delighted that the Government has chosen to launch their plan for the environment here."
"Last year we set out our own proposals for this plan and the Government has clearly listened. This plan presents a new hope for wetlands and nature more widely."
"I would like to thank our supporters who responded to WWT’s Nature’s Way campaign last year and contacted their MPs in numbers."
WWT Head of Government Affairs Dr Richard Benwell added: "It’s fantastic that the Government has published its long-term plan to improve nature for the next generation. This is a great green signpost to a UK rich in nature. Now we need a new Environment Act with cross-party support to make sure that all Departments from Treasury to Transport follow DEFRA’s lead and the Government sticks to a greener path."