Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) are being introduced in England as part of the 2021 Environment Act and will be implemented by 48 ‘Responsible Authorities’. Lesley Wilson, IEMA's Policy Lead on biodiversity and natural capital tells us more.

The roll out of LNRS and its links to other environmental policy, has been slow and piecemeal. This is why IEMA’s Biodiversity and Natural Capital Network have published a new paper: Local Nature Recovery Strategies – A Pathway to Prosperity. Lesley Wilson, IEMA’s Policy Lead on biodiversity and natural capital, tells us more.

This new paper from IEMA brings together all the various aspects of LNRSs in one place. It considers the context and history and provides a general introduction to what LNRSs are. It also talks about how to prepare an LRNS, key stakeholders to be considered, wider environmental benefits that can be obtained through LNRS, and how strategic thinking can maximise nature improvements.

The paper also sets out delivery mechanisms that include biodiversity net gain and the statutory biodiversity duty, as well as various relevant funds and schemes.

If you’re a landowner, a local authority, a developer, or one of the other relevant key stakeholders, Local Nature Recovery Strategies – A Pathway to Prosperity can help you find the information that you need in one place.

On 22nd November, IEMA will be hosting a webinar to talk about the LNRS, the paper, and case studies with speakers including Natural England, Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greengage Environmental.

IEMA members can download their free copy here.

Non-IEMA members can purchase a copy under 'Biodiversity Net Gain' here.

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Lesley Wilson

Policy and Engagement Lead

Lesley is Policy and Engagement Lead at IEMA with a focus on biodiversity and natural capital. Lesley also supports IEMA’s role as Secretariat to the UK Business and Biodiversity Forum, working with businesses to raise the profile of, mainstream, and share good practice in, biodiversity. Lesley joined IEMA in December 2021 after 11 years delivering projects, programmes and solutions for business in the field of environmental sustainability for the British Standards Institution (BSI), including ground breaking standards in biodiversity net gain and natural capital. Lesley has a qualification in business management (MBA) and climate change management, and mentors environmental students at the University of Westminster.


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