Policy

Protecting biodiversity and ecosystems at home and abroad

Supporting detail:

Local nature partnerships

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people who aim to help bring about improvements in their local natural environment.

Setting up LNPs was one of the commitments we made in the Natural Environment White Paper 2011.

There are 48 LNPs across England:

LNPs work strategically to help their local area manage the natural environment. They aim to make sure that its value, and the value of the services it provides to the economy and the people who live there, is taken into account in local decisions, for example about planning and development.

LNPs are also being encouraged to work at a large scale, which we call ‘landscape-scale’, and to identify Nature Improvement Areas using these criteria.

More about the role of LNPs.

For more information, contact LNPs@defra.gsi.gov.uk

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