Presentation on theme: "Local Nature Partnerships Exploring the Value of a Thames Gateway Approach Martin Hall Steve Matthews"— Presentation transcript:
Local Nature Partnerships Exploring the Value of a Thames Gateway Approach Martin Hall Steve Matthews +44 (0) Dr Jonathan Pratt +44 (0)
Testing the Idea of a Thames Gateway Estuary & Parklands Local Nature Partnership 2 Identify interested parties “Warm-up” sessions: -Critique & discuss the Idea -What Ecosystem Services? Review potential resources & mechanisms available Workshops: -Ecosystem services -Opportunities & priorities Documentation & action plan Possible issues: -Overlap with other LNP proposals? -Links to other initiatives and partnerships? -Competing priorities? -Local politics? -Public sector resources stretched?
3 Coalition Government White Paper, June 2011 Stakeholders Contacting stakeholders from: Local Authorities (ED, Planning) Large businesses (Ports, utilities, mining & quarrying) Landowners and Land Managers (Large estates, NFU, Wildlife Trusts, Wildfowlers etc) Recreation, tourism and visitor economy (chambers, FSB, Visit Kent etc_ Health & Wellbeing (LAs, NHS, Volunteer organisations) National arms-length partners (e.g. Natural England, Forestry Commission etc)
Local Nature Partnerships: What They Could Do 4 1. Demonstrate local leadership, raising awareness about the vital services and benefits which a healthy natural environment brings for people, communities and the local economy. (eg: champion the outdoors with Health & Wellbeing Board) 2. Develop a shared environmental vision and set of priorities for their area. (eg: environmental protection and enhancement for economic and social benefits, or improving local ecological networks at a landscape scale). 3. Contributing to local authority plans that affect the environment. (eg: after the new Planning laws) 4. Help contribute to the Green Economy (eg: by working with Local Enterprise Partnerships or promoting sustainable tourism).
Local Nature Partnerships: What They Could Do 5 5. Align efforts & make best use of resources by bringing together a range of local stakeholders (eg: aligning & pooling resources of local authorities, businesses, statutory authorities, civil society organisations, land managers to deliver environmental improvements). 6. Co-operate with other partnerships where this results in more efficient use of resources and better outcomes. (eg: Local Enterprise Partnerships) 7. Work at a landscape scale to improve the range of benefits and services we get from a healthy natural environment (eg: members supporting Nature Improvement Areas or biodiversity offsets pilots). 8. Form at a level that can take a strategic- enough approach to deliver integrated outcomes with a wide range of benefits, around the places, areas and natural systems that work best locally. (eg: Thames Gateway Estuary)
LNPs: Possible Activities (examples) 6 Provide governance for key initiatives, such as a new Natural Improvement Area and Thames Gateway Parklands schemes? Advise on and shape local implementation of the National Planning Policy Framework, helping to make new developments in the area more sustainable? Provide forum for developing, refining and embedding natural valuation tools into local decision making? Co-ordinate projects to develop the area’s visitor economy potential by improving its natural assets? Share learning on improvements in people’s health and wellbeing through increased access to nature, exercise and a healthy environment?