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The Link Blog is a space for members, and others, to express their views about the natural environment.

It includes our year plan and Agriculture Bill series, as well as our Blueprint for Water focused blogs.

If you would like to contribute a blog, please contact Emma Adler.

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Soil is as important as air and water

Published on: 9 June 2016

We are dependent on healthy soils. Our soils are not only valuable for growing the food we eat; soil quality impacts on our ability to reduce climate change and can also be an important factor in flood management and the quality of our water. We need to take the health of our soils as importantly as we take our air and water quality.


Nature is not only natural capital

Published on: 8 June 2016

The framing of a long-term plan matters. It would be a mistake if the 25 year environment plan were to become only a 25 year natural capital plan, because this would be too narrow. The content of the plan needs to make clear that there’s more to restoring and enhancing the environment than economic benefits.


A 25 Year Plan for the Environment - a transformational change?

Published on: 2 June 2016

Ever the optimist, I hold onto my hope that the Government’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment presents a genuine opportunity to really change the way we view and treat our natural world. Over the years, the conservation sector has become quite adept at writing lists of our aspirations for nature, whilst simultaneously and carefully monitoring its steady decline. We, and government, both have to transform the way we think and act.


Land use and how to cut the institutional cake

Published on: 26 May 2016

Land is a limited natural resource that has immeasurable influence on us – our environment, economy and well-being. The pressures on land use in England are enormous and growing. The 25 Year Plan for the Natural Environment must address these pressures and set a framework for balancing competing demands, as well as establishing a mechanism for its delivery. This is a huge challenge which will require co-ordinated and committed work across Government.


An integrated and sustainable approach for farming

Published on: 19 May 2016

Farmers would be the first to say they need good quality soil, clean water and lots of beneficial wildlife from beetles to bumblebees to grow crops. So why now, with strong evidence to show the continuing decline in nature and impact on people and the economy, are we not jumping at the chance to bring the two 25 year plans on farming and the environment together?


The 25 year plan for the environment – time to think global

Published on: 11 May 2016

How does what we do at home impact on nature in other countries? In a global economy we increasingly rely on goods and services from overseas, which in turn depend on nature there. Any plan to protect and improve the environment will be flawed if it ignores this global dimension.


Will ivory burn fuel the fire for action?

Published on: 5 May 2016

The world’s largest ever ivory destruction took place on 30 April. Kenya burnt 105 tonnes of ivory, along with 1.5 tonnes of rhino horn, in Nairobi National Park. This was a strong symbolic gesture that Kenya will not tolerate the illegal wildlife trade that is killing so many of its iconic animals.


Empower farmers to manage land and water sustainably

Published on: 4 May 2016

Agricultural productivity relies on good quality soil and on water. Farm management practices affect the quality of soil, the water cycle and consequently impact on the beautiful land we live in and the wildlife that depends on it. These important connections must be made by Defra’s 25 year plan for food and farming, which needs to focus on England’s agricultural productivity while ensuring sustainable soils or water.


The Nature of Politics

Published on: 27 April 2016

There have been many environmental plans over the years and targets galore. They come, they go and nobody knows. If the Government is to make good its manifesto commitment to a 25 year plan to restore nature, this plan needs to be different: it needs change the nature of politics by elevating the politics of nature.