CIWEM have circulated advice about the Natural Environment White Paper. It seems that this paper is a key one from which several other policy documents and strategies will be developed. The item said:
'Last week Laura Grant from CIWEM attended the Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP) stakeholder meeting. For anyone unaware the NEWP is the first since 1990 and will be published in April 2011. The NEWP will set the framework for the Government’s priorities for the natural environment and how these will be delivered.
It will incorporate biodiversity, the marine environment, rivers, air and soils, ecosystem services and will also provide the overarching framework for the Water White Paper.
There are 4 key themes:
- Natural Value – ecosystem services, interdependencies within the natural environment, making a strong case for its economic value
- Big Society – communities to have bigger roles in protecting and enhancing the natural environment, a healthy natural environment is key for local jobs, public health etc
- The Big Picture – environmental decisions don’t stop at administrative boundaries, landscape scale approaches, looking at multiple benefits to tackle issues such as flooding and climate change
- Think Global act local – impact on natural environment overseas, getting our own house in order, we rely on healthy natural environment abroad for food, preventing climate change
- Climate change – adaptation, mitigation and renewable energy
- Demographic change – and patterns of consumption
- Incremental impacts – piecemeal degradation of the environment