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Nation’s largest landowners join government in unprecedented summit to tackle climate crisis - National Trust

The National Trust is bringing England’s largest landowners together for a one-day summit to debate a range of climate change commitments ahead of COP26, helping government reach its net zero target and fast-track urgently needed adaptation measures

The organisations collectively care for more than 60% of England and will lay the groundwork for a deal to ensure they are working alongside nature as effectively as possible to tackle the climate crisis.

Defra minister Jo Churcher will also attend the one-day summit at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, which will be a vital stepping-stone towards the forthcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow, where world leaders will aim to agree on a set of targets to tackle the worldwide threat.

Among those attending include RSPB, NFU, church commissioners, the Duchy of Cornwall, National Parks, Soil Association, The Wildlife Trusts and Woodland Trust.

The meeting will explore what more landowners and land managers can do at “ground level” to work alongside nature to mitigate the impact of the changing climate, while ensuring optimal use of land.

Some of the issues that will be discussed will focus on creating more woodland, restoring peatlands, reconnecting rivers and preventing flooding and the management of coastal erosion.

Following the summit, it is hoped that attendees will sign up to six climate and nature-based solutions that demonstrate a commitment to collectively playing a part in the nation’s net zero aims and pressing needs to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

The six targets will:

  1. Take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure a net gain in carbon sequestration.
  2. Create or restore homes for wildlife that support nature’s recovery
  3. Be designed, implemented and managed in consultation with local communities
  4. Deliver benefits for people at a local and a national level
  5. Consider the location, ecology and surrounding landscape to ensure multiple benefits.
  6. Be future-proofed and managed so they are climate resilient for generations to come.

  

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