Why we want motion for wetlands as a part of the UK’s nature restoration plan

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The UK Authorities has at present introduced main new proposals to assist meet its ambitions to halt the lack of nature and restore species by 2030. The bulletins embody proposed new targets to enhance water high quality and enhance species abundance, and the publication of a brand new Nature Restoration Inexperienced Paper which proposes to overtake how areas together with a few of our greatest wetlands are protected for nature.

These proposals observe the passing of the landmark Atmosphere Act in November 2021 and are designed to drive motion by successive governments to guard and improve our pure world.

WWT broadly welcomes the proposals. Tom Fewins, Head of Coverage & Advocacy, feedback: “Wetlands are one of many world’s most biodiverse habitats, offering properties and locations to relaxation for a lot of endangered species. Nevertheless, they’re additionally beneath strain and within the UK we now have misplaced 90% of our wetlands. Small marvel we face a biodiversity disaster and are one of the vital nature-depleted nations on Earth.

Marsh Harrier, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries

“We welcome the UK Authorities’s ambition to halt and reverse the lack of our wildlife, nevertheless this have to be matched by motion. We depend upon most of the items and companies that wetlands present, from ingesting water to flood safety, and if we need to get pleasure from these sooner or later we want wholesome, functioning wetlands.

“This implies affording our most valuable wetland websites – a lot of that are Ramsar wetland websites of worldwide significance – the perfect stage of safety, with a complete set of legally-based designations. It means making certain our wetlands are managed properly in order that their sources – be it water or wildlife – are used sustainably. And maybe most crucially, it means restoring a few of what we now have misplaced. If the Authorities actually needs to reverse the catastrophic lack of species there is no such thing as a higher manner than to embrace WWT’s proposals for a ‘Blue Restoration’ and assist our efforts to create and restore 100,000 hectares of wetlands.”

Within the coming months, WWT shall be responding to the Authorities’s proposals, urging it to go additional and quicker in supporting efforts to create and restore wetlands.

To assist us marketing campaign for 100,000 hectares of wetlands within the UK, you may signal our Wetlands Can! pledge. Together with your assist, we are going to marketing campaign for change and urge the UK authorities to prioritise and put money into extra wetlands.

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