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New report shows we should all value nature, says RSPB

The RSPB welcomes a new report by the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), which shows that investment in nature will support the country’s economic growth.

The NCC, which advises the government on natural resources such as forests and oceans, published its third report today. The report calls for a 25 year plan to improve and protect natural capital. It recommends investment in natural habitats in England, for example planting woodland and restoring peatland, in each case showing how such investments would bring significant benefits to society and communities.

Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Conservation, said “This report chimes with our call for a Nature and Wellbeing Act, setting the world’s first legal targets for nature, for the benefit of people and the environment. It goes well beyond recommending environmental protection to calls for restoring what has already been lost. Nature is priceless, but we agree you can't make good economic decisions without taking nature into account. Not only does the report demonstrate how habitat restoration will enhance our wellbeing and prosperity, it shows that ambitious plans to restore the UK’s woods, peatlands, forests and coastlines also make good economic sense.

“The NCC shows that we need bold, brave political action to start repaying the UK’s ecological debt. The Committee has set out the building blocks for businesses, communities and Government to work together to restore nature. The profound thing about this is that the mechanisms of economics have illuminated a truth that has always been there – our natural world is too important to squander.”

The RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and others are asking all political parties to commit to a Nature and Wellbeing Act to restore nature in a generation. Further information can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/actfornature

RSPB

27th January 2015