The National Pollinators Strategy for England came out yesterday for consultation. In it, the Government outlines what it will do to help pollinators over the next 10 years.
Essentially it boils down to three things that are new:
• Provide targeted Government guidance on how to help pollinators
• Fund research to start filling in some glaring knowledge gaps
• Implement a new pollinator monitoring scheme from 2016.
Last Friday I went to the True-Cost Accounting in Food and Farming conference in London, organised by the Sustainable Food Trust.
Last week I also went to the Living With Environmental Change event in Birmingham - this is a partnership of organisations that fund and use environmental research and as you can guess covers a huge range of topics, from flooding to climate change.
Last week I went to Birmingham to meet with my communications colleagues from other initiatives who are working broadly in the area of communicating the value of ecosystem services.
No I wasn't awake at 5.45am this morning but if you were, you might have heard BBC Radio 4 farming today discussing the reforms to the EU Common Agriculture Policy.
Last week I had a great trip to Bangor in North Wales for the Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) Conference. I was there to talk about the Valuing Nature Network and you can see me talking here.
How much natural resource can a company use? How do they take into account environmental limits, community needs and meet regulations whilst remaining profitable?
Over the past couple of weeks I've been working with our web manager to design a survey for the VNN members to give feedback on what you think about the VNN and how we could improve.
A massive thanks to Javier for creating the lovely forms and integrated emails which makes it all very easy for you to take part.