Environment Bill to include a legally binding target for reversing the loss of species in England by 2030

After months of campaigning, in August 2021 Defra and the Secretary of State for the Environment listened to the 200,000+ people who called for change and amended the Environment Bill to include a legally binding target for reversing the loss of species in England by 2030. Once the Environment Bill is made law England will become the first country ever for a target for nature’s recovery.

The Environment Bill is the UK Government’s proposed new law which sets out how they plan to protect and improve our environment. Over 70 organisations stated clearly that this Bill did not go far enough in protecting and restoring the natural world.

In May, the Environment Secretary promised a “Net Zero equivalent for nature” through a “legally binding target for species abundance for 2030, aiming to halt the decline of nature”. But when the amendment was put in the Bill, it did not include a set date for the Government to halt the decline of wildlife, merely requiring the decline to slow down by 2030. Now the Government have changed the amendment to a legally binding target to halt nature’s decline by 2030.

Manhope recognise the proposed change to the species target is a really positive step in saving our green fields and wild life habitats on the Manhood Peninsula and surrounding areas.