Our aims

Our three goals are to:

* Deliver a Nature Recovery Network –  Protect and restore a network of wildlife rich habitats and natural systems across the county in towns, villages, rural areas and at sea.  

* Respond to the Climate Emergency – Use natural solutions to capture carbon and increase our resilience to climate change and flooding.  Restoring peatlands, wetlands, saltmarsh and soils along with creating new habitats such as woodland will help us to achieve net zero and increase our resilience.

* Connect people and nature – Support communities and businesses to value and enhance the natural environment which underpins health, wellbeing and our economy.

By 2030 we want:

30% of Devon to be wildlife rich (double the current area) and 100% of land sustainably managed.

To be maximising the potential for sequestering carbon across our landscape and coastal waters and minimising carbon emissions from land.

To have achieved a step change in water quality and reduced flood risk across all river catchments by targeted wildlife habitat enhancements in key zones.

All Devon communities to be taking action for wildlife and have access to nature rich habitat.

Our priority themes:

These are based on the key partners / sectors that need to be involved in the LNP in order to achieve our goals.  Each priority theme has a Board lead.

  • Farming with Nature – agricultural and food sector: Robin Milton
  • Building with Nature – infrastructure / planning sector: Mark Williams
  • Trees for Devon – forestry sector: Ross Kennerley
  • Resilient Rivers and Coast – water sector:  TBC
  • Sustainable Seas – marine / fisheries sector:  Matt Frost
  • Community & Culture – community sector: Jill Davies +  culture/arts sector: Mark Wallace
  • Naturally Healthy – health and wellbeing sector: Steve Brown 
  • Outdoor Learning – education and learning sector: Lucy Mason

For information on each of these and relevant initiatives and networks please see the Priorities and initiatives tab.

The LNP headline Action Plan  sets out current priorities and actions with contacts for lead partners.

Devon LNP adds value through:

  • Providing leadership, influence and one voice for Devon’s natural environment through the Board.
  • Providing a shared evidence base through the Devon State of Environment report.
  • Developing shared priorities through involving all partners in the development of the Devon Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) and related initiatives.
  • Facilitating investment through aligning funding streams to LNRS priorities and embedding natural solutions into strategies.
  • Facilitating delivery through improving networking, collaboration and communication across Devon – developing new work streams where needed.