UK public's biodiversity concerns
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More than three-quarters of Britons are concerned about the loss of plants and wildlife in the UK, but less than half believe they can do something about it.
Responding to a Defra survey of their attitudes and behaviours towards the environment, 79% of individuals said they “worry” about the extinction of species all over the world and 78% were particularly concerned with those native to the UK.
While 73% confirmed the environment was important to them, only 45% said they believed there was something they could do personally to protect biodiversity in the UK, and just 13% had volunteered time to help a conservation project in the previous 12 months.
The survey also revealed that fewer people felt they had a good understanding of climate change and biodiversity than in 2009.
On a more positive note, more than 90% agreed that having public parks and other green spaces close to their homes was important, with 56% saying they visited them at least once a week.
The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in Kew has today unveiled a new strategy to tackle biodiversity loss and develop sustainable nature-based solutions to some of humanity’s biggest global challenges.
IEMA has contributed to the creation of two new British Standards on biodiversity and natural capital. IEMA policy and practice lead Nick Blyth and several other IEMA members are on the committees that oversaw the creation of the standards.
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The UK government is not on track to deliver on its promise to improve the environment within a generation and is failing to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, a damning new report from MPs has revealed.
The world must adopt new metrics for economic success that account for the benefits of investing in nature, an independent review on global biodiversity has concluded today.