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RSPB response to OEP annual report

Today the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has published its annual report monitoring government’s progress towards the targets and commitments in its Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP).

Beccy Speight, chief executive of the RSPB said: “Today’s report is a damning assessment of inaction and a lack of progress by the Government in response to the nature and climate emergency and achieving our legally-binding nature recovery targets. We are just six years from 2030, a milestone that the Government acknowledges as being crucial for restoring our environment by improving the UK’s air and water quality and protecting our many threatened plants, trees and wildlife species.

“We are already the most nature-depleted nation in the G7 and last year’s seminal State of Nature report revealed many of our most loved species continue to decline. The scale and urgency of our response are now absolutely vital and delivery by Government is therefore essential.   We need a radical change in the urgency and scope of Government action  and support. Words alone are not enough, the wildlife and wild spaces we all love need action and they need it now.

“Last year Sir David Attenborough’s Wild Isles series brought the wonder of our wildlife and landscapes into millions of homes across the UK. We are calling on the Government to invest in nature by protecting precious habitats for wildlife as well as providing better flood defences and health benefits for everyone. And as we approach the next General Election we are calling on all political leaders to commit to a plan of action that will actually deliver, keeping  common species common and saving those on the brink of being lost.”