The Living Landscape approach is an ambitious one, one that NWT cannot deliver alone. Necessarily we must work not only with our allies in the conservation sector, but increasingly with a broad range of individuals and organisations from across the board if we are to achieve our vision.
Our Conservation Partners
Different conservation organisations brand their approaches to landscape-scale conservation in different ways – e.g. the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan refers to ‘Nature Recovery Networks’; RSPB to ‘Futurescapes’; and the Woodland Trust to ‘Treescapes’. Ultimately however, we are all working towards the same end goal. Consequently, it is increasingly important that we work together to ensure consistency of approach and effective use of increasingly stretched resources.
NWT is engaged with a number of partnerships looking to take a collaborative approach to tackling the challenges facing our natural environment. Examples include:-
The Landscape Partnership
CamEO (Cam, Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership)
Broadland Catchment Partnership
Norfolk Ponds Project
Fens for the Future
Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership
Farmers and Landowners
With more than 75% of Norfolk being farmed, enlisting the support of the farming community is fundamental to the delivery of the Living Landscape vision. Although agricultural intensification has been a significant contributory factor in wildlife declines, agriculture also holds the key to reversing these losses.
Consequently, NWT is increasing its dialogue with farmers, landowners and their representatives, looking to advise on managing habitats to maximise their wildlife value; to support effective and environmentally sound decision making; and to celebrate the positive impact that farmers can have on our landscapes.
The legal and policy framework in which NWT (and others) operates influences the success or otherwise of the Living Landscape approach. Never has this been more apparent than at the current time – the UK’s imminent departure from the EU has wide-reaching implications for our natural environment.
With new Environment and Agriculture Bills being brought before Parliament, now is the time to work with Defra and MPs to ensure the best deal for our countryside.
Find out how you can be involved in current projects
At a more local level, NWT works with decision makers to shape the likes of Local Development Plans and Neighbourhood Plans to ensure that adequate account is taken of environmental needs and opportunities.
Find out more about NWT’s planning work here
The greater ambition associated with the Living Landscape vision means that working with the ‘usual suspects’ is not enough – we need to engage with a wider cross-section of our economy and society. Notably, alongside farmers and landowners, we need to work with other businesses across the county, whether they are reliant on the natural environment (e.g. tourism); have their own environmental impacts; or simply employ staff who live in the local area.
Find out more about NWT’s work with the corporate sector here