Ten year strategy for Bristol to confront ecological emergency

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

It’s not too late to reverse the unprecedented and escalating decline in wildlife, says the man leading Bristol’s response to the ecological emergency.

But urgent action is needed and that’s why a ten-year citywide strategy has been unveiled, outlining a series of solutions designed to confront the challenges faced, and increase the scale and speed of work to match the urgency of the issue.

Organisations from across the city combined efforts to develop the One City Ecological Emergency Strategy, identifying four key goals to protect wildlife, ecosystems and habitats, as part of a coordination drive to reverse the current rapid decline.

Its publication comes seven months after Bristol declared an ecological emergency and almost two years after the city became the first in the UK to declare a climate emergency.

Speaking about the new ten-tear strategy, unveiled on Thursday, Ian Barrett, the chief executive of Avon Wildlife Trust and chair of the One City Ecological Emergency Strategy working group, said: “It’s not too late to reverse the declines in wildlife that are undermining our planet’s natural life support systems. We know the changes that are needed to restore wildlife and ecosystems and, where they’re in place, they’re working.

“Over the next ten years, we need to put these changes in place in Bristol and surrounding areas to ensure that people and wildlife can survive and thrive.”

Source: Bristol247

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