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Green Halo conference explores challenges and opportunities for nature recovery in the New Forest - New Forest National Park Authority

Green Halo conference explores challenges and opportunities for nature recovery in the New Forest

The fifth anniversary of the Green Halo Partnership was marked with a virtual conference: Towards 2030, which explored how individuals and organisations working in and around the New Forest National Pak can tackle the climate and nature emergencies.

More than 130 people joined the online conference to consider how we can deliver on nature recovery and ‘net zero’ and support people’s health and prosperity at the same time in the context of the pandemic. Net zero is achieved when harmful greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity are balanced by an equivalent amount being absorbed by the natural environment.

Inspirational guests at the conference included keynote speaker Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford who chaired the Government’s Natural Capital Committee.

Sir Dieter reflected on challenges and opportunities for our area over the next decade – meeting the net zero targets and restoring and enhancing natural capital. He said: ‘We are lucky enough to have so many great resources in the New Forest area – including trees, wetlands, peat and the marine area that can help soak up carbon, and to restore and enhance wildlife. It’s now up to us to use these resources in the best way possible to help us meet our net zero targets and the needs of local people.’

We carried an article about Green Halo in CJS Focus on Countryside Management. Read it here 

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