- POST are running various online training sessions for researchers interested in using research to engage with Parliament from October to December 2020.
- UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into the state of biodiversity and ecosystems in the UK, and how best to protect and enhance biodiversity while considering nature-based solutions to climate change. Have your say here, submissions close 11 September 2020.
- Environment Minister George Eustice MP gave a keynote speech to environmental thinktank Green Alliance, discussing the UK Government’s ambitions for nature’s recovery, including funding, the Environment Bill, trade and the UK’s global role. Catch up with the video on YouTube, or read the transcript here, and check out this blog for reactions to this speech from high profile environmental campaigners, including leaders from RSPB and WWF-UK.
- Leading environmental groups, including the RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts, have written a joint letter criticising the Prime Minister’s plans to cut environmental ‘red tape’ in order to achieve its new ‘build build build’ agenda.
- RSPB England Director Emma Marsh has penned an article criticising recent appointments to the boards that run England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, highlighting a lack of nature champions amongst board members as well as little progress on diversity.
- The Welsh government has launched a new £4m fund to help improve Natura 2000 sites around Wales.
- Natural Resources Wales have announced plans to invest in projects aimed at reversing declines in salmon and sea trout.
- Scottish Natural Heritage reports a 54% increase in people making daily visits to outdoor spaces during lockdown. The survey also reports a 20% increase in people making at least weekly visits to the outdoors.
- An independent public inquiry ordered over a controversial planning application for a new gold mine in Co. Tyrone. To date, opposition to the mine has centred on the previous plan for the use of cyanide in the extraction process, as well as a proposal to build a huge mound of mine spoil within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and potential impacts on air quality and protected rivers nearby.
- Scientists have launched an ambitious new conservation project to save the Amazon, the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), modeled on the high profile climate change expert panel, the IPCC.
- Indonesia’s new lobster export policy threatens Javan rhino habitat. A decision allowing the resumption of lobster larvae exports threatens a national park in Indonesia that’s the last refuge of the critically endangered Javan rhino.