Closed – Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England

The start of the Triennial Review of the Environment Agency and Natural England was announced recently by Environment Secretary Owen Patterson. This review is part of a rolling programme of triennial reviews of public bodies to consider whether the functions carried out by the body are still required and whether the delivery model is right and offers value for money.

As part of the review workshops are being arranged. On the 16th January 2013 a workshop for marine industry and conservation organisations is planned. This will provide an opportunity to consider the triennial review of the Environment Agency and Natural England with regard to marine issues and will look at the interfaces between Environment Agency, Natural England and other bodies with responsibilities related to the marine environment, including the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. JNCC is also expected to be the subject of a triennial review in 2013 and the workshop will provide an opportunity to feed in views as part of the preparation for the JNCC triennial review.

A discussion document has been produced looking at a range of options from some internal restructuring to merging the two bodies. Defra are inviting responses to the discussion document by 4th February 2013. For more details including how to contact the review team (for example for details of the workshops), the Ministerial statement, the discussion document, terms of reference and a response form see the Defra web page.

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