Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Local areas are keen to form Local Nature Partnerships

Press Release   •   Nov 01, 2011 08:25 GMT

Twenty two areas across England have been given funding by Defra to help them become a Local Nature Partnership (LNP).

LNPs are a key commitment in the Natural Environment White Paper, aimed at bringing together local people and organisations to get the most from the natural environment. 

This is the first round of a £1 million fund and is aimed at helping people kickstart their plans. Capacity-building activities being planned by successful applicants to the fund include: 

  • Engaging businesses, health and education professionals and local communities in how a LNP in their area could work;
  • Developing priorities and a vision for a potential LNP with a wide range of partners; and
  • Looking at data about the natural environment in the local area to inform the development of a LNP.

Commenting on the response to the first round of the LNP capacity building fund Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: 

“It’s encouraging that so many local areas are interested in forming a Local Nature Partnership.  It shows the commitment and energy local areas are putting into exploring how a partnership in their area could work and make a difference to the natural environment.” 

The final round of the capacity building fund closes today.  Applications to become a Local Nature Partnership will open in the winter to all potential partnerships.  Participation in the capacity-building fund is not a necessary requirement for applying for a LNP status.  The first LNPs will be announced by Ministers next summer.  

Further information, including a list of areas that have been awarded funding, can be found at:  http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/whitepaper/local-nature-partnerships/lnp-fund/.