Sophus zu Ermgassen and Dr Joseph Bull, researchers at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, discuss what the impacts of mandatory Net Gain are likely to be and what wildlife and environmental groups need to think about next.
News for: biodiversity
The Prime Minister is committing today (Monday 28 September) to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030.
Existing National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas already comprise approximately 26% of land in England. An additional 4% – over 400,000 hectares, the size of the Lake District and South Downs national parks combined – will be protected to support the recovery of nature.
The French National River Restoration Centre, as part of the French Agency for Biodiversity presents a new video. This video shows the benefits ecological engineering can have on flood protection, rainwater management, water quality in peri-urban areas and in harbor management.
In a recent survey of 635 potential water restoration sites, volunteers found that 31% had natural levels of phosphate and nitrate, which means these water sources are clean enough to support new habitats. It goes to show how much opportunity there is for reinvigorating the biodiversity of rivers and surrounding habitats.
Europe is blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are unique. This natural wealth provides us with clean air and water, productive soils as well as energy and natural resources for economic and social development. Such healthy ecosystems help mitigate the impacts of climate change, while supporting a green economy, creating job opportunities and enhancing biodiversity.
Hundreds of thousands of different species of animals and plants are facing extinction because of human activity, according to the United Nations.
The full report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be released later today and is expected to say this biodiversity crisis is on a par with - and maybe exceeds - climate change.
This year’s Boost for Biodiversity fund is now open for applications!
Application window closes 31 May 2019
Total fund of £100,000 available
Applications open to:
- Community groups
- Farmers and landowners
How to apply:
Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) have put together a very useful and informative 'Biodiversity Pack'.
The 'CaBA Biodiversity Pack' has been produced to support catchment partnerships and others in their delivery of freshwater and wetland biodiversity projects.
Building on a host of existing habitat management guidance, the pack aims to:
1. Provide an ecological explanation of why natural ecosystem function is important to our freshwater and wetland wildlife; and
EKLIPSE Call for Experts
EKLIPSE is inviting experts to join a working group to understand what is hampering the effectiveness of existing approaches that aim to restore biodiversity and ecosystem function and services: