More trees, pollinator plans and rewilding part of Hampshire’s £ 1.2million environmental pledge
Last week, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust called on local authorities to do more to protect wildlife and nature and to declare a climate emergency.
Sienna Somers, Policy and Advocacy Manager for Wildlife Trusts, said: “Restoring nature has never been more important, and councils have tremendous power in stopping the decline of nature locally.”
The district councils of Gosport, Fareham and New Forest are among the few in Hampshire that have yet to declare a climate emergency.
However, the Hampshire Count Council said it was an essential part of its plans to protect and improve the environment.
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Executive Member for Climate Change and Sustainability Councilor Jan Warwick said: âProtecting the natural world is a fundamental part of our commitment to tackle climate change in Hampshire.
âWe declared a climate change emergency in 2019 and, subsequently, our climate change strategy set out a series of policies aimed at protecting, improving and improving the environment in areas such as tree planting. ; biodiversity; flood and water management, transportation and more.
âThis year, we are committed to preparing an environmental strategy that will provide a framework defining the county council’s environmental principles and priorities, and feed into a broader plan to identify opportunities to improve biodiversity and support change goals. climate.
âWe have already made significant progress in taking action to tackle climate change, as our very first annual climate change report shows. We planted over 1,300 trees last year, with the potential to absorb nearly 20,000 tonnes of carbon over the next 20 years; we launched a parochial pollinator pledge to improve the habitats of vital pollinating insects; and we work closely with partners, including district and parish councils, and the Forestry Commission on a range of initiatives, including carbon storage mapping.
‘We are currently implementing an additional Â£ 1.2million investment to tackle climate change which includes projects such as tree planting, rewilding and setting up a garden propagation unit Sir Harold Hillier to feed plants threatened by rising temperatures.
“We are committed to doing all we can to protect and enhance Hampshire’s natural environment, not only to help tackle climate change, but also to ensure the long-term sustainability of the county.”