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UK News Boris Johnson pledges to protect 30% of UK's countryside by 2030

10:35  28 september  2020
10:35  28 september  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Countries must act now to reverse biodiversity loss, Boris Johnson will tell a UN event later. An extra 400,000 hectares of English countryside will be protected to support the recovery of nature He is joining a global pledge from 65 leaders to reverse losses in the natural world by the same date.

Boris Johnson has promised to restore to nature 30 per cent of Britain by 2030 as he signs a biodiversity pledge with other UN leaders. Existing National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas already comprise approximately 26 percent of land in England.

An additional stretch of land the size of the Lake District and South Downs combined will get protected status by 2030 under new government plans to support the recovery of nature.

a herd of sheep standing on top of a lush green hillside: Extra land the size of the Lake District (pictured) and South Downs combined will be protected in the next 10 years, the PM says © Getty Extra land the size of the Lake District (pictured) and South Downs combined will be protected in the next 10 years, the PM says

Currently 26% of land in England has designated national park, area of outstanding natural beauty or similar protected status.

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The prime minister will today pledge to protect a further 400,000 hectares - 4% of total land in England - over the next decade in the hope of reversing biodiversity loss.

Boris Johnson will tell a virtual United Nations event on Monday that the UK "must act now" to stop animal and plant species from becoming extinct.

He will say in a speech: "We must turn these words into action and use them to build momentum, to agree ambitious goals and binding targets.

"We must act now, right now. We cannot afford to dither and delay because biodiversity loss is happening today and it is happening at a frightening rate.

"Left unchecked, the consequences will be catastrophic for us all. Extinction is forever - so our action must be immediate."

Other commitments will include a green coronavirus recovery, delivering ambitious biodiversity targets and increasing financing to boost nature.

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It's double trouble for Boris : PM faces warnings from Tory party donors over 'bleak' economy as poll Boris Johnson has been accused of damaging economy with handling of crisis Follows months of coronavirus U-turns which have seen Labour creep up Boris Johnson pledges to protect 30 % of UK ’ s land by 2030 to support recovery of nature.

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Although environment is a devolved issue, the PM says he will work with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to extend the land protection promise across the whole of the UK.

Environmental groups have welcomed the pledge, but say more needs to be done on existing protected sites.

Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said it was a "good start" but more action was needed on the ground.

"This means rescuing the wildlife sites currently in decline, while also making more space for nature through a new wildlife designation called Wild Belt, specifically aimed at putting nature in recovery, protecting and connecting nature right across the country," he said.

Martin Harper, the RSPB's director of global conservation, said the 30% commitment, if done right, would be a "huge step towards addressing the crisis our wildlife is facing".

a group of people walking on a grassy hill: The South Downs is made up of 37 sites of special scientific interest © Getty The South Downs is made up of 37 sites of special scientific interest

"However, targets on paper won't be enough. Those set a decade ago failed because they weren't backed up by action.

"This is why the promise must now be put into domestic law, as part of a suite of goals to restore the abundance and diversity of our wildlife, in every country in the UK," he added.

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