New partnership for nature launched in Lincolnshire

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The Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership (GLNP) was launched yesterday (8 November 2012) at Doddington Hall

As one of the first Government-accredited Local Nature Partnerships in the country; the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership (GLNP) represents almost 40 organisations working together to achieve more for nature across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire.

The launch of the GLNP highlights the importance of the natural environment to the economy of Greater Lincolnshire and to all its residents. It builds on the success of its predecessor organisation the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership and is set within the global framework of biodiversity conservation.

GLNP website

This launch highlights that working together really does achieve more. We should celebrate the success of partnership working to deliver more for nature, society and the economy. The GLNP will add to its strengths to enable its Partners and others to achieve even more in the future.
Fran Hitchinson
Nature Partnership Manager

The GLNP will continue to co-ordinate the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan, manage the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre, and coordinate the Local Sites system recognising sites of wildlife or geological importance, and geodiversity. But critically the GLNP will explore new work areas and bring in new partners. Reaching out beyond traditional wildlife enthusiasts; it will bring together organisations and businesses from the agri-business, spatial planning, tourism, health and well-being, as well as environmental sectors to develop a shared vision for the natural environment, identify common aims and help everyone to work and live more closely with nature.

The launch event brought together representatives from a range of organisations including statutory agencies, local authorities, charities and other not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations, all of whom have belief in the vision of the GLNP that more can be achieved for nature by working together so that Greater Lincolnshire is a place where local wildlife and the natural environment are valued by all.

Increasing pressure on our natural environment, especially in highly managed counties like Lincolnshire, leads to innovative ways to conserve it for future generations. The natural world needs protection, not just for its own sake, but to maintain 'life support' systems for our health and well-being and for the economic stability of sectors which depend upon the resources ecosystems provide. The GLNP must play a leading role in this.
Richard Chadd
GLNP Chairman

Editors notes

The Greater Lincolnshire Partnership

The Greater Lincolnshire Partnership is an information and support network that began with the Partners. It was their vision for something better, something that delivered more that brought us all together. Today there are 38 Partners across a whole range of organisations from statutory agencies, local authorities, charities and other not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations.

The work of the GLNP is split into two themes:

Strategy workstreams:

  • Working with Partners on strategic issues across agri-business, spatial planning, tourism and public health sectors

Delivery workstreams:

  • Managing the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre
  • Coordinating the Local Sites system- Wildlife and Geological
  • Coordinating the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan (a Nature Strategy for Greater Lincolnshire)
  • Supporting the Geodiversity Group

The Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership (GLNP) is based at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Headquarters at Banovallum House, Horncastle.

GLNP website

Local Nature Partnerships

Local Nature Partnerships are a Central Government initiative that seek to raise awareness and help everyone get more involved in the natural world, bringing together the work of the economic, social, cultural and environmental sectors of society. The overall purpose of a Local Nature Partnership (LNP), as described by Defra, is to:

  1. Drive positive change in the local natural environment, taking a strategic view of the challenges and opportunities involved and identifying ways to manage it as a system for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.
  2. Contribute to achieving the Government’s national environmental objectives locally, including the identification of local ecological networks, alongside addressing local priorities.
  3. Become local champions influencing decision-making relating to the natural environment and its value to social and economic outcomes, in particular, through working closely with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Health and Wellbeing Boards.

For more information see www.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/whitepaper/local-nature-partnerships/