Press release

Local areas are keen to form Local Nature Partnerships

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Twenty two areas across England have been given funding by Defra to help them become a Local Nature Partnership (LNP).

LNPs are a key commitment in the Natural Environment White Paper, aimed at bringing together local people and organisations to get the most from the natural environment. 

This is the first round of a £1 million fund and is aimed at helping people kickstart their plans. Capacity-building activities being planned by successful applicants to the fund include: 

  • Engaging businesses, health and education professionals and local communities in how a LNP in their area could work;
  • Developing priorities and a vision for a potential LNP with a wide range of partners; and
  • Looking at data about the natural environment in the local area to inform the development of a LNP.

Commenting on the response to the first round of the LNP capacity building fund Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: 

“It’s encouraging that so many local areas are interested in forming a Local Nature Partnership.  It shows the commitment and energy local areas are putting into exploring how a partnership in their area could work and make a difference to the natural environment.” 

The final round of the capacity building fund closes today.  Applications to become a Local Nature Partnership will open in the winter to all potential partnerships.  Participation in the capacity-building fund is not a necessary requirement for applying for a LNP status.  The first LNPs will be announced by Ministers next summer.  

Further information, including a list of areas that have been awarded funding, can be found at:  http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/whitepaper/local-nature-partnerships/lnp-fund/.