1. Natural Environment Partnership
The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership (NEP) is a project bringing together a wide variety of individuals, businesses and organisations that have an interesting in driving positive change in the local natural environment. This NEP forms one of a 49 Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) in Britain, developing a vision to highlight the importance of the natural environment and develop a more joined up approach through linking environmental objectives with social and economic goals.
The NEP was formerly recognised as a LNP in June 2012 and is formed of board members from the health, education and business sectors alongside local government, governmental and non-governmental environmental bodies.
The NEP has 5 main priorities:
- The development of a collective voice, championing the county’s natural environment. Only by working together can we can work towards our common goals.
- Highlighting the range of benefits that the national environment provides to people, communities and the local economy. The NEP aims for a thriving local economy supported by and supporting the natural environment.
- Developing landscape scale approaches to conservation. Only by having large, connected habitats across the whole county can we have resilient wildlife populations which can adapt to changes like climate change.
- Highlighting the health and wellbeing benefits of the natural environment. It is well known that access to the natural environment affects heath and quality of life. The NEP will engage with Health and Wellbeing boards to work to the common goal of happier, healthier communities
- Gathering evidence to support and underpin their work