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Local Nature Recovery Strategy

What the strategy aims to achieve

The strategy will provide a blueprint for how Norfolk’s local communities, landowners, land managers, local authorities, private companies and government bodies can work together to broaden protection for nature in the planning system, and restore and recover it on the ground. This will include:

  • Creating Ecological Networks: Establishing a 'Nature Recovery Network' to connect isolated habitats, creating corridors that promote species migration, genetic exchange, and adaptation to climate change. This approach recognises that a connected landscape is more resilient and beneficial for both wildlife and people.
  • Enhancing Biodiversity: The protection and restoration of local wildlife, creating and improving habitats for native species.
  • Green Space Access and Connection: Improving access to, and the quality of, green spaces and natural areas for local residents and tourists. This is both for the physical and mental health benefits they provide and to foster a deeper connection with, and appreciation for, the natural world.
  • Using Land Sustainably: Promoting land use practices that are sustainable and nature-friendly. Including encouraging everything from sustainable agriculture and forestry practices to nature-based solutions in urban planning and development.
  • Engaging With Communities and Partners: Involving local communities, landowners, land managers, local authorities, private companies, business, the third sector, and government bodies in the nature recovery process. This will ensure strategies are locally grounded, widely supported, and that they offer social, economic and environmental benefits.
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Using natural solutions to combat climate change, such as increasing tree cover to remove carbon from the atmosphere, restoring wetlands and peatlands, and changing the way farmland is managed.
  • Opportunities for Education: Providing opportunities for environmental education and citizen science. This will help to increase community awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues and the importance of healthy ecosystems.

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