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Guest post - A Nature Recovery Network for the West of England

Posted On: 17 May 2019   |   Posted By: Bristol Natural History Consortium

Guest post - A Nature Recovery Network for the West of England

Heather Elgar, West of England Nature Partnership
The recently published International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' Global Assessment paints a harrowing picture of the state of nature. Up to one million species are at risk of extinction. We've lost 85% of our wetlands. 3/4 of our landmass has been severely altered by human activity, leading to a huge 47% decline in the extent and condition of natural habitats.
The sheer scale of loss is a tragedy in itself, but these trends also speak to the ill-health of our world's very life support systems. We rely on the healthy functioning of our natural world - from pollination to healthy soils for our food, to plentiful and clean water, filtered air, a regulated climate, carbon storage, nutrient recycling, and the natural resources that underlie our global supply chains.
The global picture is overwhelming. It's hard to imagine what these trends mean here, in the West of England. We need a plan for nature's recovery.
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