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Reaction: Environment and Fisheries Bills published today - an important first step towards wildlife recovery - The Wildlife Trusts

But, several crucial improvements are needed to save wildlife, say The Wildlife Trusts.

Today, the Government’s landmark Environment Bill finally returns to Parliament – an important first step towards wildlife recovery. Also published today is the Government’s Fisheries Bill. You can read our response to this here.

With one in seven species in the UK now at risk of extinction and 58% of species in decline[1], The Wildlife Trusts have long called for ambitious new laws to allow nature to recover. Ensuring a healthy natural environment is vital to reversing the massive loss of nature as well as combating climate change and achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The Environment Bill, the first of its kind for over 20 years, will establish a new structure for managing the environment and will aim to strengthen environmental protections to reverse nature’s decline.

Joan Edwards, Director of Public Affairs for The Wildlife Trusts, says: “This much needed Bill is a crucial step in ensuring we halt the rapid decline of wildlife and the Government delivers on its pledge to develop the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth. We know that nature reserves alone are not enough for wildlife’s recovery."