The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will publish a 25-year environment plan by the end of the year.
It will work with the Natural Capital Committee to develop a comprehensive 25-year plan for the environment that aims to:
- help ensure the environment is appropriately maintained and improved so it flourishes and continues to underpin our economic success and wellbeing
- develop the structures and tools to draw together economic, social and scientific evidence and provide practical approaches to enable people to value nature systematically and fully when they are making decisions on the ground and to ensure we get the greatest value from both public and private investment
- integrate delivery and decision-making on environmental quality by using catchments as the building block, driven by local join-up, Defra’s organisational reform and robust action at local level
- bring together business, environmental non-governmental organisations and others to deliver improvements to the environment, harnessing people’s enthusiasm and connecting people with nature
The Department will publish a framework for action on the environment in the spring, which will set out the scope of the plan.
Defra says its delivery will be supported by better use of data and technology, including by opening up Defra data for public access and through a more intelligent, risk-based approach to monitoring, regulation and enforcement.
The plan was revealed in Defra’s Single departmental plan: 2015 to 2020 report, which set out its objectives for 2016, given its total departmental budget of £2bn.
The objectives set out a five-year plan for environmental issues, which include developing new approaches for tackling waste crime, including using £20m from reform of the Landfill Communities Fund, and for tackling litter.
It will also invest £100m capital into a range of projects to support the natural environment, including schemes to remediate contaminated land, restore important peatland habitats and increase woodland planting.
Defra said: “To deliver a strong economy and healthy environment, that provides security and opportunity for all, we will collaborate with others, working closely with the private sector and civil society, acting together across Defra and with the rest of government.”