MPs are to examine the proposals set out in the Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP)

White Paper examined

The inquiry will be made by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA).

Its chair, Anne McIntosh, said: “In what is the first White Paper on the natural environment to be produced for 20 years, the government says it wants to be the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited.

“Our inquiry will ask how well the government’s proposals are likely to protect the environment for future generations, make the economy more environmentally sustainable or improve quality of life and wellbeing.”

To this end, the committee is seeking evidence from interested parties and invites submissions on areas including:

  • What actions are required across government department to deliver the White Paper’s proposals to grow a green economy and reconnect people with nature?
  • Will the institutional framework outlined for delivering the proposals be effective? Does the proposed Natural Capital Committee have sufficient powers?
  • What further research and/or evidence is required to develop practical programmes sufficiently detailed to deliver the White Paper’s ambition to fully embed the value of nature into policy delivery?

The LI’s Policy Committee will be leading on the response but would  like any members with an interest in this area to help shape the final  submission. If you are interested in contributing towards this and would like to register your interest or discuss further, please contact Stephen Russell, the LI’s policy and public affairs officer, on 020 7685 2649.

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