Natural Resources Wales have launched a five-year action plan to help safeguard Angelsharks, one of the world’s rarest shark species. Image: vivtony

UK

  • Plans to clamp down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests have been published by the government on 25 August (summarised here), as it consults on a world-leading new law to clean up the UK’s supply chains.  The consultation is seeking views from all, and closes on 5th October. 
  • The UK Marine Strategy made up of Parts One, Two and Three (the Strategy) sets out a comprehensive framework for assessing, monitoring and taking action across our seas to achieve the UK’s shared vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse seas. Defra has opened a 12-week consultation seeking views on the updated marine monitoring programmes, which closes on 17th November.
  • Green Alliance have published an interesting new blog on the challenges for the upcoming Office for Environmental Protection, the new independent environment watchdog currently recruiting for its inaugural chair.

England

  • As part of England’s landmark Environment Bill, on Wednesday 19 August, Defra published its Target Policy Paper setting out the key legally binding targets which will underpin our environmental commitments and vision set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Scotland

Wales

International

  • Research from the Global Footprint Network has shown that Covid-19 has led to 9.3% reduction in humanity’s ecological footprint compared with same period last year. Read The Guardian’s write up here.

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