Landowners welcome new report into value of natural environment

27 January 2015

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has responded to the publication of the third annual State of Natural Capital Committee Report.

CLA Chief Land Use Policy Adviser Damian Testa said: “Investment in land management and finding new ways to finance environmental schemes are the key to meeting long-term objectives that will substantially improve our natural environment. The report rightly recognises that it is farmers and land managers who are managing our natural environment year in year out.

“We welcome this important report that includes innovative ideas to ensure we account for the economic value of our natural assets and the economic return of public investment in agri-environment schemes.

“We agree that new ways to accommodate mutually beneficial offsetting schemes linked to new development is one way that can unlock investment in biodiversity.”

Mr Testa said the CLA will continue to engage in the development of policy as the report is taken forward by the Government.