Natural England to get 47% funding increase amid ‘green recovery’ plans

Natural England to get 47% funding increase amid ‘green recovery’ plans

Conservation watchdog given boost after decade of funding cuts that left it at ‘crisis point’

Natural England, the government’s conservation watchdog, is to receive a 47% increase in government funding this year as its role expands to support a “green recovery” and provide environmental scrutiny of the government’s controversial “Project Speed”.

The dramatic funding increase is a boost for wildlife protection and monitoring after a decade of deep cuts which left the agency at “crisis point” and its chairman, Tony Juniper, admitting that it would struggle to reverse declines in biodiversity.

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