Policy paper

Working with the grain of nature: a biodiversity strategy for England

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

The strategy ensures that biodiversity considerations become embedded in all the main sectors of economic activity, public and private.

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The Biodiversity Strategy for England sets this fundamental shift in train by ensuring that biodiversity considerations become embedded in all the main sectors of economic activity, public and private. Agriculture is particularly important, and the Strategy capitalises on the opportunities presented by the report of the Policy Commission on Food and Farming and the current review of the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Strategy also sets out a programme for the next five years for the other main policy sectors, to make the changes necessary to conserve, enhance and work with the grain of nature and ecosystems rather than against them. It takes account of climate change as one of the most important factors affecting biodiversity and influencing our policies.