Local Nature Partnerships Established

Congratulations to Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnerships which have all submitted successful bids to be formally recognised by Government. On Tuesday 16th July Richard Benyon, Parlimentary Undersecretary for the Natural Environment confirmed a list of 41 LNPs across England including all the proposed LNPs which have a North West coastal element.

First proposed in the Natural Environment White Paper LNPs are strategic partnerships with a range of local organisations and businesses and should work with and influence local decision-makers to manage the natural environment as a system and embed its value in local decision-making. Although there is guidance on what role an LNP should have it is for each partnership to decide locally what their priorities are and how to work together most effectively to address the needs and challenges of their area. Government funding was available for the establishment phase but the LNPs will be expected to be self-sustaining in the long term.

For more information on the role of LNPs see the Defra website.

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