25 Year Environment Plan: What to Do for a Greener Future

25 Year Environment Plan: What to Do for a Greener Future

‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ sets out what we will do to improve the environment, within a generation.

Our natural environment is our most precious inheritance. The United Kingdom is blessed with a wonderful variety of natural landscapes and habitats and our 25 Year Environment Plan sets out our comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing them in England for the next generation.

Its goals are simple: cleaner air and water; plants and animals which are thriving; and a cleaner, greener country for us all. We have already taken huge strides to improve environmental protections, from banning microbeads which harm our marine life to improving the quality of the air we breathe to improving standards of animal welfare. This plan sets out the further action we will take.

By using our land more sustainably and creating new habitats for wildlife, including by planting more trees, we can arrest the decline in native species and improve our biodiversity. By tackling the scourge of waste plastic we can make our oceans cleaner and healthier. Connecting more people with the environment will promote greater well-being. And by making the most of emerging technologies, we can build a cleaner, greener country and reap the economic rewards of the clean growth revolution.

This 25 Year Environment Plan sets out government action to help the natural world regain and retain good health. It aims to deliver cleaner air and water in our cities and rural landscapes, protect threatened species and provide richer wildlife habitats. It calls for an approach to agriculture, forestry, land use and fishing that puts the environment first.

Our 25-year goals

By adopting this Plan we will achieve:

1. Clean air.
2. Clean and plentiful water.
3. Thriving plants and wildlife.
4. A reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought.
5. Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently.
6. Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment.

In addition, we will manage pressures on the environment by:

7. Mitigating and adapting to climate change.
8. Minimising waste.
9. Managing exposure to chemicals.
10.Enhancing biosecurity.

Our policies

We will take action on a number of fronts, looking to join up policies in a way that maximises benefits and value for money.

We have identified six key areas around which action will be focused. These are:

    • Using and managing land sustainably
    • Recovering nature and enhancing the beauty of landscapes
    • Connecting people with the environment to improve health and wellbeing
    • Increasing resource efficiency, and reducing pollution and waste
    • Securing clean, productive and biologically diverse seas and oceans
    • Protecting and improving the global environment

Image: Aldwincle Lake, Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, in August 2018 © MIB

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